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Rural tenancies in England and Wales

Rural tenancies in England and Wales
  • Date of publication: 12 August 2021
  • Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-85341-156-4
    Format: Saddle-stitched paperback
  • Pages: 60 pages
  • Dimensions: A5, 210 x 148 mm
  • Weight: 110 grammes
Author(s): Charles Cowap


A short but comprehensive introduction to the types of tenancy which may be encountered in the countryside of England and Wales. The content deals with agricultural, residential and business tenancies, and the nature of rent. It is written for aspiring land agents, estate managers and agricultural solicitors. Not only for students in universities and colleges, it will also be a valuable primer for those working with farmers whose need for knowledge may not extend to some of the more specialised sources, for example agricultural accountants, farm business and agronomy consultants. Farm managers should also find the information useful in ensuring they get the best support from their land agents and other advisers.

The book also deals with residential tenancies which almost match agricultural tenancies in their complexity, and the wholly different regime which applies to business tenancies. The breadth of business tenancies can be surprising: buildings let at modest rent to the village hall committee, for example, may still enjoy all the protection of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. An understanding in this area is also vital to anybody promoting new policies and schemes in the countryside, which all too often can easily overlook the importance of the landlord-tenant relationship in agriculture.


LAND OCCUPATION AND TENURE: owner-occupiers; tenanted farms and other property; other types of tenancy on the rural estate; how to compare different types of tenancy; a framework for comparing tenancies – formation, tenancy agreements, term or duration and security of tenure, rents and rent reviews, repairs, user covenants, assignment and subletting, termination of a tenancy, compensation on quitting, succession, dispute resolution; other forms of agricultural land use and occupation. RENT: the process of letting a farm; what is rent and where does it come from? Rent levels; statutory intervention – residential rents, agricultural rents, traditional agricultural tenancies in England and Wales, Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 – the prudent and willing landlord, terms of the tenancy, character and situation of the holding, productive capacity and related earning capacity, comparable lettings, the disregards, farm business tenancy rents, dispute resolution, commercial letting, a current Scottish perspective on farm rents; tendering for a farm tenancy; Index.

Author / Compiler

Charles Cowap

Charles Cowap

Charles Cowap is a well-known Chartered Surveyor and University Lecturer with over 30 years’ experience of new developments in rural estate management and valuation. He lectured at Harper Adams University from 1990 until retirement in 2018, and is now a Visiting Professor there, and an external examiner at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, and the University of Aberdeen. He continues to write on technical matters, including the ‘Rural Review’ column in the Estates Gazette and Concise rural taxation, his annual tax update for rural estate managers and rural valuers. Charles is revising four chapters of our successful textbook, Land & Estate Management, to be published in 2022.


this specialized book can be ordered directly from the publisher, or via your bookseller special-ordered from our wholesaler, Gardners of Eastbourne.


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