The Crofting Commission regulates
and promotes the interests of crofting in Scotland
to secure the future of crofting.

Short Term Let

Short-term Let is the term used when an owner-occupier crofter lets their croft to a tenant for a period not exceeding 10 years .

  1. Only an owner-occupier crofter can apply for consent to let their croft, or part of their croft,  to a tenant on a short term let. A landlord cannot apply to let a croft on a short-term let.
  2. A short term let does not require you to register your croft with the Keeper of Registers of Scotland, as it is not creating a permanent tenancy.

Delegated Decision Making Parameters

Short Term Letting (of up to 10 years) of an owner-occupied croft— Section 29A of the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993

Part Croft Short Term Letting of an owner-occupied crofter - Section 29A of the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993


The Commission will normally restrict short term lets for non-resident owner-occupier crofters to 5 years or less.

Applications by non-resident owner-occupier crofters for consent to a second or subsequent short term let 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 for a short term let of the croft for the first time for a period of 5 years or less

  • The proposed tenant will be ordinarily resident within 32 kilometres of the croft

  • The proposed tenant has provided evidence that they will cultivate the croft

  • The proposed tenant has the skills to carry out their proposals for the croft

  • 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.          


Please ensure you submit your Registers of Scotland (RoS) Registration Application form along with your application, if required.

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