Case Law update – tenancy status of agricultural workers’ spouses

Hook and another v. Hawkins [2019] UKUT 147 (LC)

The Tribunal held that protected occupier status under the Rent (Agriculture) Act 1976 (“RAA 1976”) is personal and cannot be shared with joint tenants and spouses where they are not also working in agriculture and meet the requirements of the RAA 1976. On the facts of this case the Upper Tribunal determined that the tenant in question was an assured periodic tenant. As a consequence, the landlord was entitled to serve notice and seek a market rent, and the tenant would not be able to enjoy the benefits of having a tenancy protected by the provisions of the RAA 1976.

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