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Tenant Farming Rent Review Survey: final report

Published: 4 Oct 2021

This report presents the findings from a Tenant Farming Rent Review Survey. The research explores tenant farmers’ views and experiences of the current process of rent reviews.

Tenant Farming Rent Review Survey: final report
5. Disagreements During the Rent Review Process

5. Disagreements During the Rent Review Process

5.1. Summary of key points

  • The vast majority of respondents had not experienced any significant disagreements during the rent review process (79%). Few respondents (21%) had experience of significant disagreements with their current landlord during the rent review process.
  • Of these individuals the most common course of action taken to resolve the disputes was talking with a professional advisor (50%) or the landlord (50%) to find a solution.

5.2. Experience of Significant Disagreements with Current Landlord

The vast majority of respondents had not experienced any significant disagreements during the rent review process (79%). Where respondents had experienced issues, this was most likely to be regarding the rent review itself (11%), fixed equipment (9%) or housing related issues (9%).

Table 5.1 Experience of significant disagreements during rent review process
Unweighted base, n=900 %
Not had any significant disagreements 79.2%
Rent review 11.4%
Fixed equipment 9.1%
Housing 7.6%
Issues around assignation/ succession 3.5%
Diversification 2.4%
Conflicts with other business interests 2.3%
Resumption/ termination of lease 0.6%
Non-payment of rents 0.4%
Anything else 0.7%

5.3. Actions Taken to Resolve Disputes

Those who had experience of significant disagreements with their current landlord were asked to select from a list of options, any actions they had taken to resolve their dispute. Half of respondents had talked with a professional advisor to help find a solution (50%), and a further 50% had talked with their landlord or their representative to find a solution. Furthermore, 21% had sought legal intervention and 13% had asked the Tenant Farming Commissioner to assist. Just over 1 in 10 of this group of respondents said they had not been successful or tried to resolve their dispute.

Table 5.2 Actions taken to resolve disputes
Unweighted base, n=184 %
Talked with a professional advisor to help find a solution 50.2%
Talked with my landlord or his representative to find a solution 49.8%
Sought legal intervention 20.8%
Asked the Tenant Farming Commissioner to assist 12.5%
Used the Land Court process 11.5%
Used Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) (includes mediation, arbitration and expert determination) 6.1%
Other means of resolution 0.6%
Have not been successful or tried to resolve dispute 12.5%

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