Getting Started

Before you begin building out your lease, be sure you have the following documents handy. The exercise will take 30 – 90 minutes in total.

  • Landlord and tenant information, including names and address
  • Property information, including address, acreage to be leased, and legal description
  • Any additional property to be leased in addition to land (houses, buildings)
  • The length of the lease, including the start and end date
  • The rent to be paid and at what frequency
  • Information regarding how maintenance and repairs will be handled
  • A list of activities the farmer will be allowed to engage in on the land (i.e. retail operations, on-farm events, CSAs, etc.) and any that are not permissible
  • Any restrictions or requirements for how the land will be farmed, including conservation plans or easements, organic certification, chemical use, etc.
  • Statement of who will be responsible for payment of utilities
  • Any insurance requirements

See what a draft lease looks like here.

Working with Lawyers

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).

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