Know How / Tenancies and rents

The tenanted sector is a vital part of UK agriculture, as a valuable income stream for landowners and the most accessible way for new entrants to start a farming business. Get advice on tenancy applications and how to navigate the legal pitfalls whether you are a tenant or a landlord.

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Duchy of Cornwall: Creating opportunities for new entrants

For new entrants looking for ways into farming, the Duchy of Cornwall offers excellent opportunities as it has a policy of prioritising those starting out in the industry. Read about…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Two young sheep farmers on their first year into a tenancy

We report on two recent tenants to find out how they have fared a year in to their tenancies. Our first young farmer, who won a £1 a year National…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Two council tenants - starting out and getting on

In the final part of Farmers Weekly’s mini-series on young tenant farmers, Ben Pike speaks to two men who are at different stages of their careers. Both will be starting…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

From contracting to first-time tenancy

In October, four farmers will be taking on their own tenancy on the Cambridgeshire County Council estate for the first time. In the second of a three-part series, Ben Pike…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

What it's like to be a first-time farm tenant

In October, four farmers will be taking on their own tenancy on the Cambridgeshire County Council estate for the first time. All from different backgrounds but with a shared determination…

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National Trust tenant starts work on £1 farm in North Wales

Earlier this year, the National Trust offered a farm in north Wales for a rent of just £1/year, so long as it was farmed with a “nature-first” approach. Debbie James…

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YOUNG FARMERS

How to become a county council farm tenant

County council farms provide a great opportunity for people looking to reach the first rung in the farming ladder and many holdings are designed specifically with new entrants in mind.…

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Business Clinic: Are undocumented grass lets a problem?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Duncan Sigournay of Thrings advises on the common issue of long-standing…

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What to do if your landlord decides to sell the farm

If you are a tenant farmer and your landlord decides to sell, there are several things to consider before deciding what to do. The news of a sale can be…

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Business Clinic: How much to rent a cattle building?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Jon Dearsley of Savills advises on rental and agreement considerations for renting…

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Business Clinic: Should I delay succession for tenancy reform?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Duncan Sigournay, partner at Thrings, advises on tenancy succession. Q. I have…

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Scottish tenant amnesty - how to take part

An amnesty on tenant improvements was introduced in Scotland on 13 June as part of the Land Reforms Act and will run for three years. Tom Oates, director at youngsRPS, explains…

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The benefits of becoming a council farm tenant

Herefordshire County Council’s rationale for selling off 1,940ha of its farms estate this year was that cashing in the £40m sale price would meet its needs better than its “negligible”…

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Landowners tackle soil health in tenancy deals

Scientists have warned the UK has only 100 harvests left in its soils due to intensive farming. Perhaps it is no surprise then that landlords are beginning to address soil…