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On terminating their tenancy and quitting the holding, a tenant has a statutory right to claim compensation from his landlord for specified improvements begun on the holding before 1 March 1948. These improvements are known as ‘old’ improvements, to distinguish them from ‘relevant’ improvements, which are those made after that date.
Compensation is not available where:
the tenancy agreement was made before 1 January 1921 and the tenant was required to carry out that improvement under its terms, or
the holding was not, or did not fall to be treated, as a holding within the meaning of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1923 (AHA 1923) as originally enacted
Other than where the tenancy agreement pre-dates 1 January 1921, the tenant is eligible for compensation whether or not they were under an obligation to carry out the improvement under the tenancy agreement.
Compensation is not payable for a 'qualifying improvement' unless the landlord’s written consent was obtained to the improvement before work began. That consent may be unconditional or conditional on compensation o
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