Top tips for submitting your application to rent a farm

Published: 27/10/2022 By Jack Denning-James

Rural Agent Jack Denning-James has some top tips to ensure your application reaches the top of the pile.

Applying for a Farm Tenancy is one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking experiences any farmer will go through. The excitement starts when you visit the farm on the viewing day, and then builds as you create a business plan for your farming venture.

In recent years, on average I have received at least 10-15 full business plans for every farm that we have to let, with popularity and demand increasing year on year. The reality is that there aren’t enough farms and land to meet demand, leaving a significant number of people disappointed. So how do you make your tender stand out, and ensure that you are selected for interviews?

Here are my top five tips for submitting an application for a tenancy.

  • Have a plan, and be specific about what you plan to do.
  • Take advice, don’t be afraid to draw on other people’s experience
  • Inspect thoroughly, the farm and the terms of the lease.
  • Do your figures carefully.
  • Check it, check it, and check it again.
The applications that stand out invariably show a high level of preparation, a good understanding of the finances and a viable business proposition.  This enables a landlord to understand exactly what you plan to do with their asset and how you are going to achieve it.  Simply saying that you are going to milk 200 cows or run a suckler herd isn’t enough. There needs to be a business plan and of course, a personal statement drawing on your experience and explaining why you are the person best suited to the tenancy.

Jack is a Rural Surveyor and RICS Registered Valuer based at our Devizes Office.  Please contact him on 01380 710537 if you’d like help with your application for a tenancy, and any other Landlord & Tenant rural matters.

Main image - Lower Hawkstreet Farm near Chippenham. A 116-acre farm currently available to let on a 10-year FBT on behalf of Wiltshire Council, find details here.

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