AHA Tenancies – Obtaining vacant possession
We are regularly being asked to report on the status of agricultural tenants who occupy land required for development by the landowner, whether access can be obtained by a promoter and buyer for site surveys and investigations; and for providing a strategy for delivering vacant possession of the land in question.
AHA tenancy loophole
We all work in the rural sector so the basics of AHA tenancies under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 (AHA) should be familiar territory.
A loophole giving residential tenants the right to enfranchise and buy
Many common law tenancies contain a little known or understood loophole that can cause a huge headache for Estate and landowning clients. Having personally come across this issue twice in the last year alone, below I have outlined what you need to know.
Licensed shoots – Farm diversification
From oil paintings to period dramas to the Shooting Times, the shooting season is the inspiration for many quintessentially British countryside scenes. It is also a lucrative earner for landowners who licence their land for game bird shoots, game shooting and clay shoots.
Stamp Duty Land Tax – Reliefs and Mitigation
Most people are by now aware that in March 2016 the government overhauled the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rates, ostensibly to â€œreformâ€� and â€œmake fairerâ€� the process for â€œhard working familiesâ€� â€“ that oft used phrase beloved of politicians, but in fact resulting in significant increases in the amount of tax paid on properties over Â£250,000, on second homes and on properties bought in the name of trustees or companies.
Farm diversification- Film on a farm
At sunset, viewers are treated to the viewing of classic film favourites. I watched Notting Hill, but other films such as Jaws and Dirty Dancing are upcoming. It is all about the outdoor experience: picnicking outside in a beautiful part of the countryside, poshcorn, beetle cars, bbq’ing local meat and a great film.