Cre­ate a suc­ces­sion plan to have a say in croft’s fu­ture

The Oban Times - - Farming 23 -

THE CROFT­ING Com­mis­sion is en­cour­ag­ing crofters to plan for the fu­ture and put in place a croft suc­ces­sion plan for when they are no longer able to carry out their du­ties.

All crofters, both ten­ant and owner- oc­cu­piers, are re­quired to com­ply with a num­ber of statu­tory du­ties re­lat­ing to res­i­dency and man­age­ment of their crofts.

Vice con­vener of the Croft­ing Com­mis­sion, Ian Ge­orge Mac­Don­ald, high­lighted the im­por­tance of a croft suc­ces­sion plan.

‘Crofters need to un­der­stand the pos­si­bil­i­ties avail­able to them if they are no longer able to com­ply with their du­ties,’ he said.

‘ There are ei­ther short-term op­tions, such as sub-let or short­term let of a croft, or longer-term op­tions, such as as­sign­ing the ten­ancy of the croft or trans­fer­ring the own­er­ship of the croft.

‘ We strongly ad­vise all crofters to make pro­vi­sion dur­ing their life­time for the suc­ces­sion to the ten­ancy of the croft and ar­range for a croft­ing so­lic­i­tor to draw up their will.

‘ This will help to pre­vent an in­tes­tate suc­ces­sion which is a com­pli­cated area of law. By cre­at­ing a croft suc­ces­sion plan, crofters are able to have a say in the fu­ture of the croft and pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for a younger per­son to con­tinue the work af­ter you and help to se­cure the fu­ture of croft­ing,’ he ex­plained.

The Croft­ing Com­mis­sion sup­ports and ad­vises crofters on the op­tions avail­able to them.

Visit www.croft­ing. scot­land. gov.uk for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, or watch the Croft Suc­ces­sion Plan­ning film at: www.youtu.be/ nI47xBVDSoc

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