North East tenant farmers sharing information on rent levels

The NFU is asking tenant farmers to take part in a survey of rent levels being achieved for different farm types across the region

Tractor working the fields in Berwickshire
Tractor working the fields in Berwickshire

Large numbers of tenant farmers across the North East are responding to a pilot rent survey being trialled in the region, according to the NFU.

The survey was launched just before Christmas and has already attracted more than 100 responses from tenants across Northumberland, Durham and Yorkshire.

Staff at the NFU’s regional office in York say they are delighted with the response so far but urge as many tenants as possible to take part.

The aim, according to North East tenants’ specialist Lucinda Douglas, is to build up a picture of rent levels being achieved for different farm types across the region.

The short survey asks eight questions related to tenancy type, farm type, buildings, grade of land, diversification and tenancy term.

The information provided will be used completely anonymously.

Lucinda said: “We are really excited about the response that we’ve had to this survey, which could potentially provide valuable intelligence for the local tenants’sector.

“The flood of completed questionnaires shows that our local tenant farmers are willing to share basic information in return for areal insight into local rent levels when they face a forthcoming rent review.

“The survey is voluntary, but obviously the more people that take part, the more useful the initiative will be.

“There is still time to get involved so I would urge any tenants to take a few minutes to respond.”

The aim is to have the information collected by the end of January so that it can be collated and made available to NFU members from the beginning of March.

The survey form can be downloaded from the regional homepage of NFUOnline.com

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