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UK government knocks down barriers to productivity for tenant farmers

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 18, 2020
Tenant farmers are set to benefit from greater flexibility in tenancy law under new plans to modernise legislation and boost productivity.
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The government has today published the response to its consultation on agricultural tenancy law in England and confirmed it will amend the Agricultural Holdings Act (AHA) to make it fit for purpose in the 21st century. This will enable tenant farmers to be more productive and have greater freedom in their business planning.

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Amendments include repealing the minimum succession retirement age of 65 to provide tenants with the flexibility to decide when it is right for them to retire and hand over the farm to the next generation.

A new dispute mechanism will also be introduced to enable AHA tenants to ask to vary restrictions in their tenancy agreements and make it easier for them to apply for the future Environmental Land Management scheme.