Agricultural tenancies — compensation for disturbance
Agricultural tenancies — compensation for disturbance

The following Property guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Agricultural tenancies — compensation for disturbance
  • Landlord’s notice to quit
  • Amount of compensation
  • Miscellaneous

A farm tenant may be entitled to compensation for disturbance where:

  1. the tenant quits the holding after receiving a notice to quit from the landlord, or

  2. the farm is subject to compulsory purchase (compensation for this is dealt with in a separate Practice Note)

Landlord’s notice to quit

If the tenant quits an agricultural holding (ie an agricultural unit to which the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 (AHA 1986) applies) after the service of:

  1. a landlord’s notice to quit the entire holding, or

  2. a tenant’s counter-notice which enlarges a landlord’s notice to quit part of the holding into a notice to quit the entire holding

the tenant may claim compensation, even if it transpires that the notice to quit was invalid.

Where the holding has been underlet and a head landlord’s notice to quit means that the intermediate landlord is liable to pay statutory compensation for disturbance to the undertenant,