Scottish Parliament to extend the amnesty on tenant improvements for a further six months

Landlords, tenant farmers and their agents are being urged not to use the extension of the Tenant’s Amnesty as a reason for delaying completion of discussions that are at an advanced stage of agreement.

Speaking after the Scottish Parliament today passed regulations to extend the amnesty on tenant’s improvements for a further six months to 12th December 2020, the Tenant Farming Commissioner, Bob McIntosh, said:

“Whilst making use of the extension may be necessary in some cases to allow site inspections to take place once social distancing measures have eased, it is possible to make progress now by means of an exchange of electronic photographs and plans.

“All parties are urged to use such means to keep the process moving so that the current queue of agreements waiting to be finalised by June, is not simply moved to December. It is clear too that a number of discussions are all but finalised but that there is a delay in formalising agreement.

“I urge all parties to complete amnesty discussions as soon as reasonably possible and to adopt a pragmatic approach to reaching agreement on what constitutes an eligible improvement.”

Malcolm Taylor, Bell Ingram’s Head of Land Management, echoed these comments. He said: “While I am pleased that a six-month extension has been agreed, I would remind those who are eligible that the Amnesty is a one-off and that they shouldn’t delay and engage as soon as possible if they haven’t already.”

For more information about the tenant farming amnesty, contact Bell Ingram’s Head of Land Management Malcolm Taylor on 07715 609325 or email

Malcolm Taylor

Rural Land Management
Tel: 07715 609325 (mob) 01307 462 516

Article posted on 13/05/2020

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