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HMRC internal manual

Inheritance Tax Manual

Agricultural Holdings Act 1986: security of tenure

Security of tenure is not conferred automatically on the tenant. The AHA 1986 places extensive restriction on a landlord’s ability to repossess tenanted land, but this protection will only apply if the tenant invokes it by serving the appropriate counter-notice after receiving a notice to quit.

Notices to quit under the 1986 Act may be given in unqualified terms or on reliance on one or more of the Cases for Possession set out in Schedule 3 to the Act. A notice to quit a yearly tenancy must be given at least a full year from the date the tenancy commences in that year.