Looking ahead to 2022 – Chris Cardell, Tenants

First published: 20 December 2021

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As 2021 draws to a close, Tenants' Forum Chair Chris Cardell considers what lies in store for 2022.

With agricultural transition underway and the changes it brings becoming apparent, the Tenants' Forum is working hard to ensure that tenant specific concerns are heard.

The ability for tenant farmers to enter into schemes such as ELMs, and for other schemes such as the Farming Investment Fund to be meaningful and accessible, are imperative to the survival of tenanted businesses.

We have been discussing these issues at length within the Forum and feeding into Defra via various channels and we will continue to do so.

Regulatory compliance

The Forum will also continue to work in other areas of concern such as regulatory compliance, which due to levels of investment needed on many tenanted farms, can be prohibitive to tenants.

Also, the prospect of losing land from the tenanted market due to landowners taking land back to enter into higher levels of ELMs is of concern not only for existing businesses but for potential new entrants too.

We will continue to meet with tenants over the next year to highlight what they need to be considering going forward through transition.

All parties working together

To emphasise the importance of a tenant’s ability to carry out meaningful and professionally assisted rent reviews, we have worked with our Legal Assistance Scheme to include additional circumstances where the Tenants’ First Advice Service can be used.

We will continue to engage with both large institutional landlords and private landlords to look at how we can work together in the interests of all parties.

Our advice is always that the best outcomes occur for tenants and landlords where all parties work together.

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