Agricultural tenancies

This section looks at your rights if you rent agricultural land such as a farm or smallholding and have an agricultural tenancy. There are three main kinds of agricultural tenancy: 1991 Act tenancies, limited duration tenancies and short limited duration tenancies.

If you're a member of the National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) you can also call their free legal helpline for advice. If you're a member of the Scottish Tenant Farmers Association, you can access a professional panel of chartered surveyors, valuers, solicitors and accountants.

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  • About agricultural tenancies

    This page explains what an agricultural tenancy is and how you can work out which kind of tenancy you have.

  • 1991 Act agricultural tenancies

    This page looks at your rights if you live on an agricultural holding and have a tenancy regulated by the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 1991.

  • Limited duration tenancies

    If you have taken on an agricultural tenancy since 2003 then with a lease of more than five years, you are likely to have an Limited Duration Tenancy. This page explains your rights.

  • Short limited duration tenancies

    If you have taken on an agricultural tenancy since 2003 and your lease lasts for five years or less, you will probably have an Short Limited Duration Tenancy. See what rights you have.

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