Before you begin building out your lease, be sure you have the following documents handy. The exercise will take 30 – 90 minutes in total.
See what a draft lease looks like here.
Once you create your draft lease, you'll need to take it to a lawyer for review. Working with lawyers can seem stressful or intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Follow the link below for several resources on how to find a lawyer, what to expect from your lawyer, and how to get the most out of working with a lawyer (at a price you can afford).
The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems is an initiative of Vermont Law School, and this toolkit provides general legal information for educational purposes only. It is not meant to substitute, and should not be relied upon, for legal advice. Each farmer’s circumstances are unique, state laws vary, and the information contained herein is specific to the time of publication. Accordingly, for legal advice, please consult an attorney licensed in your state.