Farmers Weekly Business Clinic: how can we regain possession of inherited land?
A couple has inherited a house and its accompanying land following the death of an elderly relative.
While they intend to sell the property, they are looking to use the land – which has been used by a local farmer for the past 40 years – for their own commercial purposes.
With no written agreement or contract in place between the couple and the farmer, what claim do both parties have to the land?
Writing for Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic, Duncan Sigournay, partner and head of Thrings’ Agriculture team, discusses tenancy and succession rights in the context of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986, and explains the statutory grounds on which the couple can regain possession of the land.