Resources: Fact Sheets and Tools

Scottish Universities Land Unit

The Scottish University Land Unit (SULU) has been set up to encourage law students across Scotland to take an active interest in land reform, community empowerment, and community rights in respect of land; and, working in partnership with the Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS) and the Community Ownership Support Service (COSS), to provide practical support to community bodies looking to exercise these rights.

PDF icon SULU - Heads of Terms 2020.pdf

Abandoned, neglected or detrimental land - Dissolved companies (SULU Factsheet)

This factsheet from SULU (Scottish Universities Land Unit) provides useful information on abandoned, neglected or detrimental land which is thought to be owned by a dissolved company.

Note: This factsheet is for Scottish property only and contains guidance, not legal advice.


PDF icon SULU Factsheet (Abandoned, Neglected or Detrimental Land - Dissolved Companies).pdf

Community Asset Transfer for Men’s Sheds under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 (CEA)

The establishment of Men’s Sheds across Scotland is increasing week by week. This fact sheet has been produced to look at some of the issues particularly affecting Men’s Sheds in the asset transfer process. These include finding funding for purchase of an asset, demonstrating wider community benefit and finding ways to “pay the bills”. It complements the extensive general information on all aspects of Community Asset Transfer (CAT) to be found on the COSS website.
PDF icon Mens Sheds Fact Sheet.pdf

Community Ownership of Woodlands

Community woodlands are growing and thriving in Scotland, with over 200 communities across the country engaged in owning or managing woodlands. This fact sheet aims to highlight the steps required for communities to own and manage their own woodland.
PDF icon 0066_DTAS_Factsheet_Community_Woods.pdf

Assessing Best Value Table

Downloadable version of the 7 government guidances to Assesing Best Value.

File Assessing Best Value Table.xlsx

Scottish FA Club Services - Community Asset Transfer Guide

The Scottish FA guide to Community Asset Transfers is aimed at football clubs across Scotland who are either considering or in the process of negotiating a change in the way they manage and secure facilities in their local community.

PDF icon scottish-fa-community-asset-transfers.pdf

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 Asset Transfer Flowchart

A flowchart to guide you through the asset transfer process from relevant authority to community body under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.

PDF icon flowchart feb 2016.pdf

Community Asset Transfer Lease - Viewpoints

Asset transfer considerations for the grant of a lease to a community body.

Microsoft Office document icon 12__viewpoints.doc

Lease and Property Transaction Glossary

A glossary of lease and property transaction terms

PDF icon Lease and Property Transaction Glossary

Community Ownership of Piers, Slipways and Harbours

This information sheet has been prepared by the Community Ownership Support Service in conjunction with the Tobermory Harbour Association. It is designed to provide community groups with guidance to enable them to make informed decisions on the viability of marine assets.

PDF icon Community Ownership of Piers, Slipways and Harbours

Heads of Terms

Table listing the standard "heads of terms" for a lease agreement, with explanatory notes. Once agreed, this is used as the basis for instructing lawyers to prepare an agreement for completion.

Microsoft Office document icon Heads of Terms.doc

RICS Small Business Lease: Form

A fillable form for the RICS Small Business Lease

PDF icon RICS Small Business Lease: Form

RICS Small Business Lease: Guidance for Tenants

The purpose of this guide is to help tenants of the RICS Small Business Retail Lease (Scotland) understand some of the terms included.

PDF icon RICS Small Business Lease: Guidance for Tenants

Lease Provisions and Potential Impact

This document highlights lease provisions which existing projects have identified as having significant impact on the viability and sustainability of their project and their ability to use the assets to benefit their communities.

Microsoft Office document icon Lease Provisions and Potential Impact.doc

Standard Security Factsheet

Standard securities are sometimes used by those transferring a property, or those funding the purchase or development of the property. This Standard Security Factsheet explains standard securities and how they work.

File Standard Security Factsheet