Farmers Weekly Business Clinic: Undocumented grass lets
For the past 17 years, a property owner has let three of his fields to a neighbour for grass keep. In return for a small fee, the neighbour uses the fields to house her cattle and, on occasions, to produce hay.
But with no formal agreement between the two parties, uncertainty surrounds whether the neighbour – who leaves maintenance and drainage duties to the property owner - could lay claim to the fields in the future.
Writing for Farmers Weekly, Thrings partner and head of agriculture Duncan Sigournay, discusses each parties’ legal rights in the context of agricultural tenancies, and explains how getting things down in black and white could help to maintain cordial relations between neighbours.