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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TENANCIES AND RENTS

Council tenant tells of flaws in schemes for new entrants

A Welsh county farms tenant has spoken out about his struggles with short-term agreements, a lack of progression opportunities and insurmountable rent values, hoping to raise awareness of the difficulties…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

How small-scale crofters in the Hebrides survive challenges

The importance of taxpayer support in keeping farm businesses afloat is well understood. Latest annual farm income figures for the UK show that, out of total net earnings of £4.6bn,…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Teamwork helps first-time tenants succeed on council farm

The first year of Brian and Carla-May Roberts’ tenancy has passed in a whirlwind of big decisions, pure nerve and hard labour. Though the couple had their own tractors and…

SHEEP

How a new entrant built up flock on short-term land tenures

Sheep farming can be a tough enterprise anyway, but if you’re starting with no farm, no assets and limited experience, sheer determination is worth more than anything else. Young farmer…

YOUNG FARMERS

Video: Two first-time young farmers one year on

The first year of farming brings with it a huge learning curve and a number of challenges, but the feeling of achievement is unparalleled. Two farmers share how they have…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

First-time farm tenant revisited: one year on

 It’s a little over a year since 32-year-old Lee Smith and his wife Jenny took on their first farm tenancy at Wolvey Holes Farm in Cambridgeshire. Farmers Weekly has been…

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LAND MARKETS

The land opportunities for farmers in a post-lockdown world

At a time when the public has grown a greater appreciation for the countryside, local food and new activities, farmers should be seeking chances to benefit. The Covid-19 pandemic and…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Advice on securing a long-term lease with a care home let

Letting houses to residential care home providers is becoming an increasingly popular option for farmers looking for secure, long-term leases. It can be difficult for a landowner to know what…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

How to transfer tenancies for succession in Scotland

Key guidance has been released in Scotland for transferring agricultural tenancies from one person to another before or after the tenant’s death. Bob McIntosh, tenant farming commissioner – a role…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Am I insured for change of building use?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Nigel Wellings of Acres Insurance Brokers provides advice for those considering letting farm buildings…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

What to do if your landlord requests a surrender and re-grant

A surrender and re-grant is where an existing tenancy is extinguished and a replacement tenancy is created in one move. There are a number of scenarios in law where a…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

What to look out for when signing farm tenancy agreements

Ensuring new tenancy agreements of any length are taken on reasonable terms is vitally important to prevent being committed to unviable obligations. With the current considerable uncertainty around agriculture and…

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TENANCIES AND RENTS

Decrease in Welsh county farms estate causes concern

The area of land owned by local authorities in Wales has fallen by almost 5% in just one year, a government report has revealed. The latest Annual Report on Smallholdings…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Scotland’s land reform: What has changed for farmers?

Land reform in Scotland has both encouraged sweeping changes in the agricultural sector and kept eagerly-awaited alterations on hold since its introduction four years ago. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

County farms estate shrinks further as sell-off continues

The size of the county farms estate in England continues to decrease as local authorities choose to dispose of their land in favour of a one-time cash payment. The 69th…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Find out average farm rents where you live

Farm rents across England were 3% higher year-on-year for farm business tenancy (FBT) and seasonal agreements in 2018-2019, according to latest government figures. Defra’s report, released on Thursday (12 March…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

How Cornwall Council plans to support its county farms estate

Cornwall Council has pledged to spend £16.4m on a new strategy for its 112-year-old farms estate. Following a public consultation in 2019, its cabinet voted to restructure the estate, sell…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Agriculture Bill proposes significant changes to tenancies

Greater power for tenants, modified succession rules and new guidance for rent reviews are among the changes proposed in the new Agriculture Bill.   The 2020 Agriculture Bill was introduced…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Scottish tenant farmers tell of upheaval at being forced out

Scottish tenant farmers are being forced out of the industry due to limited opportunities and the government’s emphasis on supporting new entrants rather than established businesses. Government agency Forestry and…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Are progression units the future of council farm estates?

A mix of starter and promotion units within a local authority’s farms estate management programme can help businesses grow and progress while building trust with the landlord and the bank.…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

How the Ag Bill will affect new farm tenancy agreements

Drafting new tenancy agreements with an Agriculture Bill subject to 32 proposed new clauses and 64 amendments tabled is challenging and messy. Ben Sharples, a partner in solicitor Michelmores, helps…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Full extent of decline in county farms estate revealed

The long-term decline in the number and area of county farms in England has been called a major blow to the agricultural industry and its new entrants. This reaction from…

LAND MARKETS

Freeing up land market crucial for farming sector progress

Freeing up the land market and making sure holdings are available to the right people is crucial for improving the sector’s productivity, according to Jeremy Moody, secretary and adviser at…

LAND MARKETS

How Scotland’s land reform is affecting sales and tenants

When Scotland’s Land Reform Act received royal assent in April 2016, implementation was always going to be a job for the tortoise, not the hare. The ambitious policy set out…