Free seminars for Scottish farmers in light of landmark rent review

5th March 2012

Free seminars on how the recent “Moonzie Farm” rent review decision will affect Scottish farm business will be held in March throughout Scotland.

Two well known experts, Tom Oates, partner with George F White, Rural Chartered Surveyors and Hamish Lean, partner with Stronachs Solicitors, will be hosting a series of talks to offer advice and suggest best practice in the light of the landmark decision.

The seminars will be held at the following venues: St Boswells near Melrose, Dumfries, Perth, Thainstone and Inverness (from 20th – 28th March) – click here for more details.

Anyone interested in the case is welcome to attend.

The Moonzie Farm case relates to an arable holding in Fife, extending to approximately 350 acres. The dispute was between landlord Richard Morrison-Low and the executors of the late tenant Thomas Paterson over the rent for Moonzie Farm, in Fife relating to the rent payable from 4 December 2008.

The original decision by the Scottish Land Court in June 2010 was overturned on appeal in February this year by the Court of Session. The case is now seen as a landmark case in farm tenancies and has extremely important consequences for the conduct of rent reviews of farm tenancies through out Scotland. The Moonzie Farm case is now to be returned to the Land Court to decide the rent.

Tom Oates says: “Having been highly involved in numerous rent review cases over recent years it was abundantly clear that some direction from the Scottish courts was required regarding the methodology and conduct of rent reviews. This case and subsequent appeal has highlighted the problem but has also posed a number of new questions and raised further issues. It is therefore our aim to provide practical, commonsense answers and advice to concerned parties in the aftermath of the decision.”

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