Agricultural Conveyancing

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Agricultural Conveyancing

(Buying and Selling Farm Land and Agricultural Buildings)

Farm land and other agricultural buildings, like barns and stables, can prove attractive investments. Even if you’re not planning on farming yourself, you’ll need a specialist property solicitor to handle the legal aspect of buying and selling this type of land. The legal process is known as Agricultural Conveyancing (also known as Farm Conveyancing).

How much does it cost?

The average Conveyancing fees on a residential property is around £850, but Agricultural conveyancing isn’t as straightforward as residential conveyancing, so expect to pay a lot more for this service. Each transaction is vastly different, expect to pay at least £1500.

Agricultural Conveyancing Process

The conveyancing process for the sale and purchase of rural land frequently raises some technical problems, it can be a minefield with legislation, unregistered land, grants and tenancy problems.

If you’re using the land for future farming or taking over active farm land, you might have to deal with transferring employees and contracts for plant and machinery.

You’ll need a specialist Agricultural property solicitor to help you structure the transaction to avoid tax and other problems. They’ll also need to be familiar with agricultural legislative developments including:

Note: If you haven’t heard, the UK is leaving the EU. This might change the future of Agricultural Conveyancing slightly. Legislation, like the The Single Payment Scheme (an EU scheme), might change.

Agricultural Property and Land Searches

Before purchasing agricultural land, it’s important that you have a clear understanding of any environmental risks and legal matters that might affect your purchase.

That’s where an Agricultural Search comes in. Like a normal Property Search, it checks the land and surrounding areas for any potential issues that might affect the property value.

An Agricultural Search gives essential insight for farming sites history and indicates the land’s potential productivity. This includes the past and present land use, topography checks, land use classifications and more. It’s essential that’s these checks/searches are made before proceeding with a purchase of a farm / agricultural land.

Example: Maybe you want to grow corn on the land you’re about to purchase. An Agricultural Land Search will make sure that you’re legally allowed to grow corn on that land and check that the land is suitable to grow corn.

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