Subletting is the term used to describe the arrangement where a croft tenant allows another person (known as the subtenant) to work all, or any part, of their croft and/or the shares in a common grazing for a fixed period of time, which does not exceed 10 years.
Subletting - Section 27 of the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993
The Commission will normally restrict a sublet for non-resident tenant crofters to 5 years or less.
Applications by non-resident tenants for consent to a second or subsequent sublet of their croft for any period of time will automatically be escalated to Tier 2.
A straightforward approval can be made if:
The applicant is resident
The applicant is non-resident and is applying to sublet the croft for the first time for a period of 5 years or less
The proposed subtenant will be ordinarily resident within 32 kilometres of the croft
The proposed subtenant has provided evidence that they will cultivate the croft
The proposed subtenant has the skills to carry out their proposals for the croft
There have been no objections from the landlord
There have been no objections from the crofting community
There have been no expressions of demand for the tenancy of the croft
If any of these conditions are not met, the application will be escalated.