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TFA is seeking fair SPS terms.

The Tenant Farmers Association is warning all existing and prospective farm tenants to check their tenancy agreements carefully on clauses relating to the Single Payment Scheme Entitlement.

The TFA has been concerned about tenancy agreements which require tenants to give up their SPS Entitlement at the end of their leases for little or no compensation.

A cross-industry code of practice on the matter, drawn up by the Tenancy Reform Industry Group, states that such practices are unfair and that farm tenants should be provided with fair compensation for any entitlements given up at the end of tenancies, reflecting their true value.

TFA chief executive George Dunn said: "This code of practice is an incredibly useful tool in the negotiation process between landlords and tenants. It is even more useful that it is backed by a Government commitment to consider what further measures may be necessary by way of legislation if landlords do not abide by the code."

The TFA has been pleased to see that, in the main, most landlords are prepared to comply with the code.

However, the TFA says there are many cases in which landlords are still insisting on unfair clauses in tenancy agreements.

It wants all such cases reported to it.

Mr Dunn said: "Where necessary, the TFA will make contact with landlords insisting on unfair clauses in order to seek a commitment to change to a fairer basis."

He cited a case involving Devon County Council, which had a successful outcome.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 13, 2006
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