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Views of Tenant Farmers and Agricultural Landlords on Aspects of the Agricultural Tenancy System

Results from surveys of tenant farmers and agricultural landlords on aspects of the tenancy system such as rent review, fixed equipment, diversification and tenancy relationships.


Footnotes

1. This does not equate to a response rate as a quota sample design was employed.

2. This includes seasonal letting of land.

3. Telephone numbers were not available for landlords, meaning a postal method had to be used for this survey.

4. Non-response bias is less likely to affect the survey of tenant farmers as, for this survey, quotas were set to help ensure that the achieved sample was representative of the population.

5. From the survey of tenant farmers conducted by Ipsos MORI earlier in 2014, the proportion of tenant farmers' businesses rented in under a 1991 Secure Act tenancy were: 0-25% : 30%; 26-50%: 10%; 51-75%: 8%; 76-99%: 10%; All of it: 31%; Don't know: 10%.

6. This compares to 31% who rented in land as a seasonal let in the first survey of tenant farmers which was based on a postal survey of all tenant farmers.
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0045/00454514.pdf

7. The sample for the survey of agricultural landlords included businesses who reported renting-out on a seasonal basis.

8. This compares to 63% in the first survey of agricultural landlords which used the same sample base.

9. From the table it appears that the tenant farmer survey has picked up more farmers with smaller Secure 1991 leases while the survey of landlords has picked up more landlords with larger Secure 1991 leases.

10. Tenancy statistics from the Scottish agricultural annual census suggest that around 80 per cent of holdings with tenancies (excluding crofts) have at least one Secure 1991 Act tenancy http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Agriculture-Fisheries/agtenancy. Note the findings in this report are based on farm businesses not holdings and only refer to the main lease and second lease.

11. In the survey of landlords conducted by Ipsos MORI earlier in 2014, 24% of landlords were found to rent-out at least one Secure 1991 Act tenancy; whilst 15% rented-out at least one SLDT; 10% rented out at least one LDT; 7% rented out at least one 1991 Act Limited Partnership (7%) and 2% rented out at least one Small Holding Act tenancy (2%).

12. 'Don't know' responses have not been included for clarity.

13. http://www.ros.gov.uk/professional/registration/books_council_session_faqs.html

14. This is in line with the profile of land ownership reported in the earlier survey of agricultural landlords: Individuals registered in the EU (38%); Partnership/trust (36%); Family business registered in the EU (13%); Limited Company registered in the EU (7%); other type of owner (4%).

15. Sixty-one tenant farmers had a second lease which included fixed equipment.

16. In instances where a question was answered by fewer than 50 respondents, the number of responses is reported rather than the percentage.

17. Throughout this section, the numbers of responses are shown for instances where there were fewer than 50 responses.

18. * denotes fewer than 5 responses.

19. * denotes less than 1%.

20. The numbers of responses are shown for tenant farmers since there were fewer than 50 responses.

21. The numbers of responses are shown for tenant farmers since there were fewer than 50 responses.

22. * denotes fewer than 5 responses.

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