A code of practice to support landlords and tenants during the coronavirus pandemic has been extended to include agricultural businesses.
Greater power for tenants, modified succession rules and new guidance for rent reviews are among the changes proposed in the new Agriculture Bill.
Tenancy opportunities do not come to market with great frequency, so these five farms will interest those on the lookout.
Abolishing “no-fault” evictions in England, a move described as the biggest overhaul for renters in a generation, could have a huge impact on rural landlords and agricultural tenants.
Four county farms in Norfolk of between 43 and 190 acres on 10-year farm business tenancies are up for grabs.
Five county farms in Cambridgeshire of between 92 and 379 acres are up for letting from October.
More than 995 acres of the council’s 33,000-acre estate are up for grabs as part of the county council’s reletting programme, which opens on Friday 18 January.
A simplified and less costly form of arbitration is available to help landlords and tenants resolve rent negotiation issues.
The Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) has issued its first call in 10 years for farmers to trigger rent reviews this autumn in order to have a “safety valve” in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The battle among tenants to secure land and farms is fierce as supply remains thin in the rental market in England and Wales.
Scotland’s biggest private landowner, the Duke of Buccleuch, has called in a government commissioner to intervene in a row between his estate managers and agricultural tenants.
Keen, adaptable and hard-working tenants are being sought to take on business tenancies at four county farms across Norfolk.
Ranging from 75-437 acres, Norfolk County Farms says the five-year lettings offer opportunities for new starters and established growers looking to scale up.
Four tenancies between 144 acres and 335 acres will be available for tender with Cambridgeshire County Council later this month.
Applicants are being offered five-year farm business tenancies (FBT) on the farms, which range from a starter unit to large, equipped holdings.
Scottish land reforms are being blamed for a reduction in tenancies being offered in the country.
Last year’s Land Reform Act introduced significant legislative changes such as new tenancies, a pre-emptive right to buy for tenants, and changes to the rent review process.
Competition for tenancies advertised in the first quarter of the year across England and Wales has been bolstered by strong tenders from new entrants, with many attracting seven tenders or more in total.
The average length of new lettings of farmland in England and Wales increased in 2016, with the area of land in the tenanted sector remaining stable at about 35% of all agricultural land.
Farm rents in Scotland rose by an average of 4% in 2016, according to government statistics.
The Scottish government has released its annual report on Tenanted Agricultural Land in Scotland.
It shows that the average rent for land was £40/ha in December 2016 compared with £39/ha the previous year.
About 1,000 acres of farmland is being offered on four five-year farm business tenancies in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
Farmers on the hunt for farm business tenancies (FBTs) have been given two new opportunities in England and Wales.
They include the rare chance of taking on a large arable farm in Suffolk in the shape of 800-acre Ashfield Place.
A tribunal has ruled that a tenant must leave his 120ha (300-acre) farm near Skipton, North Yorkshire, after issuing a rare Certificate of Bad Husbandry.
The case, Yorke v Barron, was heard by the First Tier Property Chamber Tribunal at Skipton Law Courts in January, with the decision given on 28 February.
Tenders are being sought for two 200-acre livestock farms in Carlisle.
Beaconhill Farm at Ivegill and Sprunston Farm at Durdar are just three miles apart.
They are both owned by The Church Commissioners, which is keen to receive realistic and detailed tenders from progressive, forward-thinking prospective tenants.
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