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Renting out land to tenants - what to know?
« on: June 16, 2022, 01:27:39 pm »

I have 6.5 acres of land that I'm keen to rent out to tenants in the short term. What are the things I should know?

The land consists of the following:
1.8ac - paddock with stables
3.1ac - grazing land
1ac - grazing land (with large pond)

Due our current financial situation, I'm thinking it's best that I set up a small limited company that all income is made payable to. Longer term, I'd like to rent out the paddocks to a horse owner, establish a woodland on some of the grazing land (aided by the woodland trust), and on the field with the pond to grow an orchard.

Short term however, I need to get the fields in order. Mow the grass, trim back hedges etc. Ideally I'd like to rent the land out to a farmer but I don't know the going rates and/or whether they would suggest it's quid pro quo as they are doing me a favour in keeping the grass down etc.

I know I don't need a CPH as that is the responsibility of the animal owner.  As a landowner, aside from ensuring there is access to electricity (the stables has solar power) and water, it seems like most of the onus is on the tenant to maintain upkeep.

As a landowner is there anything else I should be thinking about? Are there schemes/grants I should be signing up?


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Re: Renting out land to tenants - what to know?
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2022, 01:24:29 am »
Def dont let a farmer say hes doing you a favour and expect it for nothing, I've had 1500 offered for 10acres, its had a tenant who had cattle summer grazing on it for about 50 years, old chap given up. But some other land, tenant made a point of telling he had other grazing that was free, just to keep it tidy.  I told him he was lucky, the landowner must be rich. (I wonder if he left dead sheep on that land as well?)
Get money in advance, make sure they have insurance, and they are responsible for damage to fencing gates etc.


  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Renting out land to tenants - what to know?
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2022, 08:57:49 am »
You can find grazing contracts online.


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Re: Renting out land to tenants - what to know?
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2022, 09:09:02 am »
Firstly I would never rent to horse owners ..... they usually dont have the equipment or knowledge to keep a paddock healthy .... and horses trash grazing in wet periods.  They will offer most money ....  but you will spend most of it on getting farmers to put land back in good heart.

For short term let sheep is easiest .....  not good for the grass health either long term!  There are standardish grazing rates for tack grazing .... and contracts can be found on line. ....

Livestock owner is only going to keep things in order if contracted to do so ..... some peoples idea of mending fence is stick anything in gap!   

I'm sure others have a few horror stories they can share  :thinking:


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Re: Renting out land to tenants - what to know?
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2022, 05:27:36 pm »
I would entirely agree with what you've said about horse owners, Backinwellies, but why do you consider that sheep are not good for grass health long term?

In my experience of over 30 years of sheep keeping - they are by far the best animals to keep pastures in a good state. Their close grazing gives a thick sward and prevents the establishment of weeds, and their light weight prevents really bad poaching in winter. They also do not lean over and destroy fencing.
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Re: Renting out land to tenants - what to know?
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2022, 02:47:06 pm »
Entirely agree..I would never rent to horse owners.They ruin the pasture/kill trees and there's also loss of privacy as they visit with kids all the time.Shared access/parking always problematic Where does the muck go ?
If you want a quiet life go for sheep...but you need to invest in stock fencing/water troughs if you want to charge rent.
Your'll never make any money unless your hooked up to some government countryside scheme.If you can get residential planning on the barn...then you might make some money.
I find the rent from 12 acres of sheep grazing just about covers the maintenance of the fields.It costs me 400 each year just to cut the hedges.But I have my privacy and a quiet life which is worth more to me.


  • Joined Aug 2014
Re: Renting out land to tenants - what to know?
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2022, 02:49:10 pm »
Woodland Trust usually only give grants if public have access to land.


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