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A property which is being rented out under the Rent (Agriculture) Act 1976 requires repair work comprising a full re-wire due to the condition of the property deteriorating. The electrician has requested that the property is vacant and cleared while works are completed. Who will be responsible for paying the cost of rehousing the tenant whilst the repair work takes place?

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Published on LexisPSL on 16/04/2021

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  • A property which is being rented out under the Rent (Agriculture) Act 1976 requires repair work comprising a full re-wire due to the condition of the property deteriorating. The electrician has requested that the property is vacant and cleared while works are completed. Who will be responsible for paying the cost of rehousing the tenant whilst the repair work takes place?

We have assumed that the occupier is a statutory tenant under the Rent (Agriculture) Act 1976 (R(A)A 1976).

Agricultural workers who live in a property which is owned by their employer (or by a landlord who has an arrangement with their employer) enjoy statutory protection. There are two types of statutory protection, depending on the date on which the worker’s occupation of the property began. For occupation which began before 15 January 1989, R(A)A 1976 applies. For occupation which began on or after 15 January 1989, the Housing Act 1988 applies.

The purpose of R(A)A 1976 is to provide security of tenure for agricultural workers living in accommodation that was provided with their job, and also to restrict the amount of rent that can be charged—a ‘qualifiying worker’ will be a ‘protected occupier’.

The worker’s protection does not cease when their employment, or ability to work, comes to an end; this is the case even if it is the worker who has terminated their employment. Instead, the former worker becomes a statutory tenant, either on any terms which have bee

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