There’s no single rule when it comes to agricultural tenancies – there needs to be flexibility and room for tailored legal solutions, to keep everyone happy.
Our Agricultural Solicitors have the expertise, understanding and the personal experience to advise in areas including commercial leases and licences, diversified farming businesses, contentious tenancy matters and agricultural land Tribunal cases.
We’ll work closely with clients, surveyors, estate agents and accountants, so that a comprehensive, tailored solution is met, and all parties are satisfied.
For initial legal advice get in touch with our Agricultural Solicitors.
More Information on Agricultural Landlord and Tenant Law
Our Agricultural Solicitors’ in-depth knowledge of agricultural law enables us to tackle all landlord and tenant issues, giving peace of mind to all parties that their legal rights will be protected.
We’ll look at each situation and investigate it on its own merits, ensuring every aspect of the applicable laws are adhered to.
We know that not every farm is the same. They vary in their size and function, and so tenancy agreements can fall into different categories. Tenancy agreements usually fall either side of a key date – 1st September 1995.
Farm Business Tenancies
If you signed a tenancy agreement for your farm after 1st September 1995, then the agreement would fall under the remit of the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995. What this means is that throughout the duration of the tenancy, a section of the leased land must be continually farmed on.
An Agricultural Solicitor would mediate on matters such as mutually acceptable rent levels and review criteria. If your farm falls under this remit and you’re unsure of your rights, then we can go through all of this with you, whether you’re a landlord or a tenant. Our job isn’t done until you’re fully informed and happy with what your rights are.
Agricultural Holdings Act Tenancies
Some tenancy agreements will have been signed before 1st September 1995. If so, they’ll fall under the remit of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986. These agreements are very heavily regulated by the Act, and its provisions must be complied with. A key feature of this type of tenancy is that they are very secure.
Let’s say you wanted to develop the land being used by a tenant, and their holding falls under the 1986 Act. The tenant is refusing to go quietly and the situation can become difficult for both parties. In this situation, a highly-experienced Agricultural Solicitor can be very useful.
It’s not unusual for a piece of farmland to contain one or several residential properties. For this reason, there are specific guidelines within the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995, and domestic tenancy laws that we can work within, to ensure that these homes are protected separately from the commercially-used land around them.
Most farms and landed estates have multiple purposes. Many of these have seen the business potential in opening up parts of their land to third party businesses. This is known as diversification. For example, on a farm, there may be a café or a shop selling produce, which is independent from the land owners.
What is important is that the buildings or land not being used for agricultural or residential purposes are governed by commercial leases. This means that both the landlord’s and tenant’s rights are set out in a clear and transparent manner.
We can help in drawing up these agreements and commercial leases, as well as aid you in dealing with rent reviews, dilapidations, notices to quit and all other aspects affecting the relationship between a landlord and a tenant.
Agricultural law is a specialist area and we understand that sometimes the advice can be a little confusing. Our Agricultural Solicitors can explain everything you need to know, in a way which makes sense to you. Our aim is for you to have complete confidence in us and our ability to resolve your issue, and we’ll continue working until you’re satisfied with your outcome.
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