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

4 farmers tell us how they secured county council tenancies

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Farms Estate is the largest in England and Wales. Four farmers who have successfully secured a Cambridgeshire tenancy tell us about the process and offer advice for…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

The struggle to find a tenancy for one young farming couple

A Somerset couple are searching for a tenancy to bring their farming dream to life, but as first-generation farmers, they have struggled to be taken seriously in the competitive market.…

BUSINESS

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…

LIVESTOCK

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…

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BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Informal grazing – what are our rights?

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

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Top 8 farm tenancy issues and how to solve them

Many issues are likely to arise during the lifetime of an agricultural tenancy, but all can be solved with good landlord-tenant communication, informed consent and careful consideration, writes Philip Meade, Davis…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Why careful investigation is vital before taking on a tenancy

Tenants taking on long-term farming tenancies need to take the same detailed and wide-ranging approach one does when buying a farm. A case in which tenant farmers were awarded £1.75m…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Expert tips on how to apply for a farm tenancy

Creating a new farm tenancy agreement is a major decision for both potential tenants and landlords, and the application process takes up a lot of time, effort and energy. To…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

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.…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

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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BUSINESS

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”…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

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…