Renfrewshire Council

Community Asset Transfer

What is Community Asset Transfer?

Community Asset Transfer is where responsibility for an asset transfers from the Council to a community group or voluntary organisation.

This could be through:

  • a transfer of management responsibility 
  • a short, medium or long term lease, or
  • a transfer of ownership.

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act (2015) came into force on 23 January 2017. 

Community Asset Transfer Policy

Our Community Asset Transfer Policy has been developed to enable the Council to work in partnership with local organisations for the benefit of our communities. 

The policy recognises that by transferring assets to community groups and voluntary organisations, providing the groups meet the criteria, our communities can benefit.

The Asset Transfer element of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 will help to empower Community Transfer Bodies through the transfer of land and buildings. The Act details how community groups can seek to buy, lease, manage or occupy land or buildings owned by public sector bodies. 

Each public sector body must publish and maintain a list of their assets both leased and owned.  In addition they must also publish details of requests received in relation to an asset, details of representations for / against the request, decisions in relation to requests alongside supporting evidence and finally an annual report.  

You can download a copy of the master list from the Related documents section or alternatively search using the Community Asset Transfer Property Search Database link in the Related articles section.