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Agricultural Land Tribunals

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Jim Sheridan Jim Sheridan Labour, Paisley and Renfrewshire North

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the functions are of the Agricultural Land Tribunals.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Agricultural Land Tribunals (ALTs) play an important role in settling disputes and other issues between agricultural tenants and landlords arising from tenancy agreements held under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986. For example, ALTs consider applications:

by close relatives of a deceased or retiring tenant to succeed to an agricultural tenancy; by landlords for consent to a notice to quit served on the tenant; by landlords for a certificate of bad husbandry on the ground that the tenant is not farming in accordance with the rules of good husbandry; by tenants for approval to carry out long-term improvements on the holding; and for a direction to provide fixed equipment.

ALTs also have a role under the Land Drainage Act 1991 in considering certain drainage disputes between neighbours.

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