Community right to buy: information for community bodies, landowners and other interested parties

Guidance booklet providing an overview of the Community Right to Buy process, Part 2 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, effective from 15 April 2016.

Top Ten Tips for Community Bodies on Registering a Community Interest in Land

1. Contact the Scottish Government's Community Land Team at the outset. Contact details for the team are provided on the back cover of this booklet

2. Access the Community Right to Buy guidance online and read it. ( and search for "Community Right to Buy")

3. Get your community on board.

4. Be clear what land you wish to register a community interest in.

5. Be clear why you wish to register the community interest in that land.

6. Be clear on the benefits to your community.

7. Keen an open mind on your options - are there other ways to get what your community wants?

8. Form a community body which is compliant with the Act - either a company limited by guarantee, Scottish charitable incorporated organisation or community benefit society. Model articles of association, constitution and registered rules, depending upon the type of legal body you opt to form, are available on the Scottish Government's Community Right to Buy website.

9. View the Register of Community Interests in Land ( RCIL), as this will help you fill in your application. The RCIL contains applications completed by other community bodies which you may find helpful.

10. If in doubt, ask the Community Land Team!


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