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  • Legal FAQs

    Ending "agricultural" tenancy?

    I’ve been letting a property to tenants who have an assured shorthold Tenancy. It’s an old house with 3 outbuildings.

    6 months into the tenancy I gave them the 3 outbuildings to use opposite the house and added them to the tenancy agreement and an additional amount.

    One of the barns is used as a stable for horses, The second barn is used as a hobby workshop and they have set up a business on companies house for car repairs. (Just found this out).

    The third barn was used for agricultural purposes now empty. They had a go at calf rearing but it’s been empty for the past year.

     
    I would like them to leave next year and I’ve suddenly realized that I may have issues with serving notice on the barns due to their use?

    AST states no animals and no business however I’ve been aware it’s being going on.

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    It sort of depends how you added the outbuildings. You may have inadvertently created a Farm Business Tenancy (FBT). This should not be a major issue but it will affect the correct way to give notice.

    You should really seek specialist legal advice as this will require a certain amount of investigation to decide what is the best course

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    David Smith
    Landlord & Tenant Solicitor
    Anthony Gold Solicitors

    Find me on LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/in/dsnsmith

    All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of my firm. No comment made should be taken as legal advice and you should consult a solicitor or other legal professional for advice on your specific situation.

    Thanks for the reply, ta purely states house and 3 outbuildings

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