Crofters' rights and responsibilities

Your rights and responsibilities will be listed in your tenancy agreement or contract. Your tenancy agreement may list other rights and responsibilities which don't come from the Crofting Acts, but which you and your landlord have agreed between you. In addition, you may agree to opt out of some rights.

If you do not have a written tenancy agreement or contract, you will still have rights and responsibilities. Crofting tenants have secure rights to stay on their land, but they also have a responsibility to use the land well. This section explains more.

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  • Crofters' rights

    This page explains your rights if you rent a croft from a landowner. Your rights are set out in law, in the Crofting Acts, and are written down in your tenancy agreement.

  • Crofting subtenants' rights

    This page explains your rights if you're a subtenant, renting a croft house or croft land from a crofting tenant.

  • Crofters' responsibilities

    Taking on a crofting tenancy is a big responsibility, and there are things you must do if you want to retain your tenancy. These are in the Crofting Acts and are called statutory conditions.

  • Crofters' right to buy

    Crofting tenants have the right to buy their croft house and garden, and the right to apply to buy the entire croft land. This page explains more.

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