7th August 2018

Farmers Weekly Business Clinic: Agricultural tenancies with no written agreement

A family has rented, farmed and maintained a seven-acre field for the past 38 years. No formal agreement between the family and the landowner has ever existed, the two parties instead relying on a handshake.

Rapeseed field

However, uncertainty surrounds the future of the field following the recent death of the landowner. With the property going through probate, doubt has also been cast on the renting family’s plans to buy the field.

In this month’s Business Clinic, Duncan Sigournay, partner and head of agriculture at Thrings, considers the rights of the long-term ‘tenant’, and explains the problems that can arise from unwritten agricultural tenancies.

Click here to read the full article in Farmers Weekly.

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