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A tenant farmer with our Head of Property on Glenlivet Estate

Working with NFUS to raise tenant awareness of waygo Code

With the waygo amnesty now active, Crown Estate Scotland has written to agricultural tenants urging them to consider if they have improvements which they should notify their landlord of.

NFUS and Crown Estate Scotland are working to encourage uptake of the amnesty, and Crown Estate Scotland’s Head of Property Andy Wells has now written to all agricultural tenants with a copy of the accompanying Code. 

The amnesty, introduced by the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016, started on 13 June and lasts for three years. It allows landlords and tenants of 1991 Act, 2003 Act, and 2016 Act tenancies to seek to rectify any outstanding issues around notification of tenants’ improvements which should qualify for waygo compensation. 

The Code of Practice has been produced by the Tenant Farming Commissioner Bob McIntosh.

Andy Wells, Head of Property at Crown Estate Scotland, said, “We are keen to work closely with tenants to resolve any outstanding matters regarding the notification of improvements, and hope that sending each tenant a copy of the Code will help in this process.

“The Code provides clear guidance to help inform negotiations and we urge all our tenants to consider if there is a need to review, record and agree any improvements they have made as set out in the Code.”  

NFU Scotland Policy Manager Gemma Cooper added, “Both Crown Estate Scotland and its tenants are keen to promote best practice for relationships between landlords and tenants. 

“This Code has been produced to accompany the start of the amnesty, and NFUS encourages landlords and tenants to familiarise themselves with this. We’re pleased that Crown Estate is taking the lead in actively providing all of its agricultural tenants with a copy of the Code to allow them to make an informed decision about whether to utilise the amnesty.”