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

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…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

What’s it like to farm £1-a-year National Trust tenant farm?

An Anglesey farmer who won a dream National Trust tenancy for an annual rent of just £1/year tells us of the challenges and rewards of farming on The Great Orme,…

SHEEP

Short-term tenancies no obstacle for livestock farm business

One couple haven’t been put off taking on short-term tenancies and grazing licences to help build their farming enterprise.  Will (38) and Gillian (37) Sedgley farm in the Yorkshire Dales,…

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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…

DIVERSIFICATION

So you want to… let land and property?

Deciding to stop active farming and let out land and property is a complicated task but can prove mutually beneficial for both parties. Making the switch to becoming a landlord…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Expert advice on tendering for a farm tenancy ahead of Brexit

Scrutinising tenancy agreements, checking break clauses and taking on critical business planning are all key to submitting a tender amid the Brexit turmoil. Despite the uncertainties, there has been a…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: How can start date of tenancy be proved?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Duncan Sigournay, of Thrings offers advice on what can be done to ascertain when…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Messy tenants and animal damage to cars

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Russell Reeves at Thrings offers advice on how to deal with…

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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…

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…