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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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…


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…


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…


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,…


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,…


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…

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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…


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: 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: 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…


How to lower the cost of settling farm tenancy rent disputes

A simplified and less costly form of arbitration is available to help landlords and tenants resolve rent negotiation issues. Tenants have recently been advised by the Tenant Farmers’ Association (TFA)…


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…


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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…


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”…


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…