TFA launches guidance for landlords on tenancy agreements

Landlords drawing up a farm business tenancy (FBT) agreements can now get help from the Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) on how to make these fair.

The TFA has set up a responsible landlord scheme to support its calls for better relationships between landlords and tenants.

“We are not seeking to advise landlords but we are responding to the apparent desire from some within the landlord community for us to provide a little guidance on how to draw up a fair tenancy agreement between landlords and tenants,” said TFA chief executive George Dunn.

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The scheme will provide landlords with a template of a draft FBT agreement, a guidance note looking at considerations for drawing up such agreements and a voucher to pass to the new tenant who can redeem it for full TFA membership.

The FBT template is not designed to replace professional advice but to provide a starting point for landlords and tenants to agree terms for a new letting before instructing professionals.

“We believe this service will help to cement a good landlord and tenant relationship from the beginning and that it will create the right platform for a sustainable future,” said Mr Dunn.

“The responsible landlord scheme is a genuine attempt to help landlords and tenants to get off on the right foot at the beginning of their commercial relationship.

“We have received a number of unsolicited calls from landlords looking for this type of assistance,” said Mr Dunn.