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Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976

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24Arbitration on terms of new tenancy

(1)Where the Tribunal give a direction such as is mentioned in subsection (1) of section 23 of this Act, the provisions of this section shall apply unless excluded by subsection (6) of that section.

(2)In the following provisions of this section—

  • " the landlord " means the landlord of the holding ;

  • " the tenant" means the person or persons entitled to a tenancy or joint tenancy of the holding by virtue of the direction;

  • " the relevant time " has the meaning given by section 23(2) of this Act;

  • " the prescribed period " means the period between the giving of the direction and the end of the three months immediately following the relevant time.

(3)At any time within the prescribed period the landlord or the tenant may by notice in writing served on the tenant or landlord (as the case may be) demand a reference to arbitration under the 1948 Act of one or both of the following questions, namely—

(a)what variations in the terms of the tenancy which the tenant is entitled to or has obtained by virtue of the direction are justifiable having regard to the circumstances of the holding and the length of time since the holding was first let on those terms ;

(b)what rent should be or should have been properly payable in respect of the holding at the relevant time. In the following provisions of this section those questions are referred to as " question (a) " and " question (b) " respectively.

(4)On a reference under subsection (3) above the arbitrator—

(a)where question (a) is so referred (with or without question (b))—

(i)shall determine what variations, if any, in the terms mentioned in that question are justifiable as there mentioned; and

(ii)without prejudice to the preceding sub-paragraph, shall include in his award such provisions, if any, as are necessary for entitling the landlord to recover from the tenant under those terms a sum equal to so much as is in all the circumstances fair and reasonable of the aggregate amount of the compensation mentioned in subsection (5)(a) below, and for entitling the tenant to recover from the landlord under those terms a sum equal to so much as is in all the circumstances fair and reasonable of the aggregate amount of the compensation mentioned in subsection (5)(b) below,

and shall accordingly, with effect from the relevant time, vary those terms in accordance with his determination or direct that they are to remain unchanged ;

(b)if, where question (a) but not question (b) is so referred,

it appears to him that by reason of any provision included in his award under paragraph (a) above (not being a provision of a kind mentioned in sub-paragraph (ii) of that paragraph) it is equitable that the rent of the holding should be varied, may vary the rent accordingly with effect from the relevant time ;

(c)where question (b) is so referred (with or without question (a)), shall determine what rent should be or should have been properly payable in respect of the holding at the relevant time and accordingly shall, with effect from that time, increase or reduce the rent which would otherwise be or have been payable or direct that it shall remain unchanged ;

and if the date of the award is before the relevant time, section 23(1) of this Act shall have effect subject to, and in accordance with, the award.

(5)The compensation referred to in subsection (4)(a)(ii) above is—

(a)the compensation paid or payable by the landlord, whether under the 1948 Act or under agreement or custom, on the termination of the deceased's tenancy of the holding;

(b)the compensation paid or payable to the landlord, whether under the 1948 Act or under agreement, on that termination in respect of any such dilapidation or deterioration of, or damage to, any part of the holding or anything in or on the holding as the tenant is or will be liable to make good under the terms of his tenancy.

(6)For the purposes of this section the rent propertly payable in respect of the holding shall be the rent at which, having regard to the terms of the tenancy or prospective tenancy (other than those relating to rent), the holding might reasonably be expected to be let in the open market by a willing landlord to a willing tenant, there being disregarded any effect on rent of the fact that the tenant will be or is in occupation of the holding.

(7)On any reference under subsection (3) above the arbitrator may include in his award such further provisions, if any, relating to the tenancy which the tenant is entitled to or has obtained by virtue of the direction as may be agreed between the landlord and the tenant.

(8)The award of an arbitrator under this section, if made after the relevant time, shall have effect as if the terms of the award were contained in an agreement in writing entered into by the landlord and the tenant and having effect as from the relevant time.

(9)Section 77 of the 1948 Act (arbitration under that Act) shall have effect as if in subsection (1) the first reference to that Act included a reference to this Part of this Act.

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