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Agricultural holdings and tenant farming guide

Published: 15 Nov 2019

A guide to agricultural holdings and tenant farming.

Agricultural holdings and tenant farming guide
Rent reviews

Rent reviews

Best practice requires that the rent review process of negotiation between tenant farmer and landlord should start long before the actual ‘term’ date.

The relationship between landlords or their representatives and their tenant farmers should be nurtured by regular contact and the rent review process should be seen as a normal part of the business relationship.

Either of the parties involved in the agricultural holdings tenancy arrangement can initiate a rent review, if they feel that it is appropriate.

Although the legislation requires a formal style of notice, the actual rent review process should be seen as part of the normal working relationship between the parties involved.

Both parties should engage in the rent review process from a position of mutual respect and with a desire to reach an acceptable conclusion to both sides.  Indeed, the process could result in an agreement that the rent should remain the same or even that it should be reduced.

There are a number of publications which can help guide you through the process: 





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