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Our policy on subletting and short term lets has changed


Important Information

Our policy on subletting and short term lets by non-resident crofters has changed and as a result the Commission will normally restrict applications from non-resident crofters to five years or less, unless there are exceptional circumstances which would justify a longer period.

Any application to sublet or short term let of a croft for a period of longer than 5 years by a non-resident crofter will no longer be treated as a straightforward application and will be escalated to Tier 2.

Check out for more information on our Delegated Decision Making process and the criteria required to meet a straightforward application which can be approved by Casework Officers.  In normal circumstances a straightforward application can be concluded in approximately 6 weeks.


Covid -19

The Commission is now accepting new applications, but as all staff continue to work from home and the office remains closed, these will be processed more slowly than usual. Any applications that relate to statutory deadlines, or which concern a Crofting Register form to notify the Commission that an event has taken place, will be given priority over other applications.

Where applications require a site visit, it will not be possible for any site visit to be carried out until the government eases the current restrictions on movement.Where any application involves a hearing, no hearings will take place until the current restrictions on movement are eased and the government has advised that public meetings (with appropriate physical distancing) can take place.

Approved Applications:

If you are a crofter who has had an application approved by the Commission within the last 3 months
Please read this important information regarding effecting Commission regulatory decisions.

You can continue to contact us by email and although we are now in a position to deal with phone calls to our reception line, few staff have access to work phones to make return calls and therefore the service will be limited. We would therefore ask that you continue to contact us via email.

The Commission understands that this is a difficult time for all concerned, but we wish to reassure crofters and their agents that we will continue to work to restore normal levels of service. It is unlikely that this can be fully restored until the government permits offices to reopen and for various restrictions on movements and meetings to be eased.
20 May 2020.

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