SLE comments on the Scottish Government’s Tenant Farmer Rent Review Survey Results

Press Release

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s Tenant Farmer Rent Review Survey Results based on just over 1000 responses from tenant farmers,  published today (4 October 2021), Sarah-Jane Laing, Chief Executive of Scottish Land & Estates said:

“The survey results show that just 15% of respondents state they are fairly or very dissatisfied with the rent review process and that 47% found the rent review process easy. This suggests that the hard work of the Tenant Farming Commissioner and others is paying off.

“We are concerned that 64% of respondents were not very familiar with or not aware of the current rent review legislation. We and other members of the Tenant Farming Advisory Forum have been working closely with the Tenant Farming Commissioner to produce a series of codes which help ensure that landlords and tenants engage in productive and amicable dialogue and provide clarity on legislation and good practice. However, this statistic shows that there’s still much more work to be done to ensure tenants know more about the rent review process. This could help ensure that tenants know exactly what to expect at each stage of the process, what’s required of them and how long the process may take. This could assist in making the process for tenant farmers easier and more satisfactory. We look forward to working further with the Tenant Farming Commissioner and the Advisory Forum to take this work forward.”

A summary of the survey results can be viewed on the Scottish Government website.