Whether you are buying, selling, letting or managing property we
can advise on the legal aspects. All our surveyors are very skilled
and knowledgeable about property law. We also work with our
clients' own legal advisors.
We have an intimate understanding of farm business tenancies
under the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 and secure agricultural
tenancies under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986. Licences
and herbage agreements also feature in the work we do in this
Many of our clients have commercial properties in rural areas
and we can advise on buying and selling as well as leases under the
Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. We are familiar with dealing with
licences and 'tenancies at will' (which occur when there is no
lease, usually either because there was insufficient time to
negotiate one before a tenant moved in or because a fixed term
lease has come to an end and there is no further lease in
A large proportion of our work in the Land Management Department
concerns residential tenancies. The landlord and tenant
relationship, particularly on an estate is one which needs to be
handled with sensitivity and tact, and we are proud to have been
involved in some very long tenancies all over the UK. A large
number of the residential tenancies we negotiate and manage for our
clients are Assured Shorthold or Assured tenancies. For
agricultural tenancies we have broad experience working within the
Assured Agricultural Occupancies, Rent Act 1977 and the
Agricultural Rent Act 1976.
Schedules of condition, the Tenants Deposit Scheme, and landlord
and tenant issues arising during tenancies and at their end,
including enforcing possession and dilapidation claims, are dealt
with efficiently by our experienced teams.
Virtually all aspects of property law are different, and always
have been, in Scotland, and this aspect of the law is fully
devolved to the Scottish Parliament. Our land managers north of the
border are extremely experienced and adept in all aspects of
property law, illustrated by the fact that it is Andrew Hamilton,
partner in charge of our Inverness office, who represents the RICS
in the committee rooms of the Scottish Parliament.
If you have a legal problem relating to property, we are
confident we can help.