Tenant Farming Commissioner to further consult on the review of the conduct of agents of landlords and tenants

Thursday 1 February, 2018

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Tenant Farming Commissioner to further consult on the review of the conduct of agents of landlords and tenants

Following a meeting of the Scottish Land Commission on Tuesday 30 January, it has been agreed that Tenant Farming Commissioner’s work on the review of agents will include further interviews and consultation.

The first step in the review, which was to collect evidence on the views and experiences of tenant farmers and landlords regarding their satisfaction with the conduct of agents acting on their behalf, has been completed. Further interviews will now be carried out with a sample of respondents who expressed dissatisfaction to explore the reasons behind their responses.

Tenant Farming Commissioner, Bob McIntosh, explains:

“A substantial amount of evidence has been collected by means of an independent survey and is providing a clear picture of the views of landlords and tenants on the conduct of agents acting on their behalf. We now want to dig deeper into the reasons behind expressions of dissatisfaction through follow up interviews with a sample of the respondents who were not satisfied with the conduct of an agent working for them or for the other party.

“Following analysis of the interviews a summary report of the full research findings will be discussed with key representative bodies, who will be given the opportunity to make submissions to inform the review. A final report with recommendations will then be submitted to Scottish Ministers.”

“Agents play an important role in facilitating the relationship between landlord and tenant. A good agent can deliver for the client while maintaining sound professional standards and avoiding souring the landlord/tenant relationship. It is the responsibility of everyone involved to work together to ensure that this approach is the norm.”

ENDS