We have a wealth of experience advising on Farm Business Tenancies and Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies, including new tenancies, existing agreements, long-term agreements and dispute resolution.

Our agricultural solicitors provide expert advice to farming landlords and tenants in relation to a wide range of legal issues, specifically addressing:

  • Negotiating terms
  • Drafting new Farm Business Tenancy agreements
  • Subsidy considerations
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax considerations
  • Alternatives to farm business tenancies, such as grazing licences or commercial leases
  • We advise on agricultural tenancies under the old system, governed by the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 (AHA), particularly in relation to succession issues and new agreements which are still intended to be governed under the AHA.

Farm Business Tenancies are complex documents, used as an alternative to share-farming arrangements. They often need to provide for all aspects of a farming business relationship between a landlord and tenant, whether in a dairy, arable or mixed-farm environment. The key points outlined above are headline considerations, with many other factors coming into play, such as occupation of dwellings, employees, non-farming practices, insurance, obligations on either party etc. Further, if the tenancy is inter-family, these considerations may have to dove-tail with inheritance tax considerations and estate planning. Specialist advice is crucial.

We also advise on commercial tenancies which are not primarily of an agricultural nature, notably:

  • Equine
  • Shooting
  • Woodland
  • Fishing
  • Recreational
  • Holiday cottages and B&Bs
  • Farm shops

Why choose Trethowans?

Having practised as a firm for over 150 years in the rural south of England, we have accrued an innate understanding of the nuances of third-party occupancies of rural land and other amenities.

For expert advice on farm business tenancies or commercial tenancies, don’t hesitate to contact our team of experienced agricultural solicitors on 0800 2800 421.

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