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.
A survey by Savills has concluded that farm rents are continuing to move upwards, but the number of rent reviews has declined.
The firm has published the results of its Agricultural Rent Survey for the year ending 31 October 2016, which reveals that where a rent review has been carried out, the majority have resulted in an increase, while 15% led to a standstill and 8% led to a decrease.
A five-year farm business tenancy is available on a mixed livestock rearing farm in Cumbria, starting on 12 May.
Stoney Head Hall Farm at Sunbiggin, near Penrith, has about 139 acres (56.2ha) of Grade 4 grassland, consisting of permanent pasture and meadow land.
Entrepreneurial tenants are being sought to take on eight Cambridgeshire County Council farms.
More than 1,500 acres of the council’s 33,000-acre portfolio will be launched for tender this week – ranging from starter farms to root-cropping operations.
A tenant farmer from Somerset has won the right to stay on her farm after appealing an arbitration decision that upheld her landlords’ right to serve a notice to quit.
Attitudes need to change to short-term conacre tenancies, which are damaging Northern Ireland agriculture because they offer no incentive for tenants to invest in the land, according to agricultural valuers.
The disposal plan for Herefordshire County Council’s farming estate has been approved, but tenants are still pushing for their notices to be revoked.
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