TENANCY AGREEMENT FOR ALLOTMENT GARDENS – THE MILE POCKLINGTON

THIS AGREEMENT made on the first day of January 2018, between Pocklington Allotment Association (hereinafter called the Association) and the Tenant, by which it is agreed that:

  1. The Association shall let to the tenant for him to hold as tenant for one year the allotment garden (being part of the allotments provided by the Association at The Mile Allotments in the Parish of Pocklington) and numbered in the Association’s allotment register.
  2. The tenant shall pay a yearly rent of £XX on 01 January 20xx.
  3. The tenancy may be terminated by either party to this agreement serving on the other not less than one month’s written notice to quit.
  4. The tenant shall during the tenancy carry out the following obligations:
    • (a) The allotment garden shall be kept in a clean, decent and good condition and properly cultivated. Not to cause nuisance or annoyance to any other allotment holder or to any nearby resident.
    • (b) Strictly No bonfires will be lit on the allotment site.
    • (c) Not to use hosepipes for watering purposes other than connected to a tank. Hosepipes must not be connected to the water taps on the allotment site. The use of sprinkler systems are prohibited.
    • (d) No livestock or poultry of any kind shall be kept upon the allotment garden other than reasonable numbers of hens, waterfowl or rabbits for the tenant’s own domestic consumption. The keeping of Cockerels on an allotment site is prohibited under the Allotments Act 1950. Feed for livestock must be in feeders which should be suspended clear of the ground. The keeping of such animals will be subject to consent from the Association. No more than 25% of the ground area of the allotment to be given over to chicken runs including henhouses. The keeping of bees, ferrets and pigeons will be subject of separate consent.
    • (e) Allotment holders may be permitted to bring a dog onto their plot but this must be under control at all times.
    • (f) The Tenant must not assign, sublet, charge or part with possession of the whole or any part of the allotment garden.
    • (g) The tenant shall not erect any building or other structure on the allotment garden nor fence the garden without first obtaining the written consent of the Association; A condition of erection of sheds and greenhouses will be the requirement to provide guttering and water storage facilities to catch rainwater from the roof of such structures. All structures must be sighted no less than 12” from the plot boundary.
    • (h) They will be responsible for the removal of any building or structure on or before the termination of the tenancy. Any costs associated with the clearing/cleaning of the site will be claimed from the ex-tenant.
    • (i) Allotment plots will be divided by grass paths no less than 2 feet wide which should be kept in a good condition. The tenant shall not obstruct or permit the obstruction of any of the paths on the allotments set out for the use of the tenants of the allotment gardens; The use of paving slabs to replace the grass will be subject to consent from the Association.
    • (j) Plot boundary picket type wooden fences not above 1.25m in height will be allowed. Livestock fencing should be constructed of a light wooden material covered with chicken wire. No steel or industrial fencing will be allowed. All fencing must be removable.
    • (k) The tenant shall not without first obtaining the written consent of the Association cut, lop or fell any tree growing on the allotment garden;
    • (l) The tenant shall cultivate the allotment garden for, and shall use it only for, the (i) production of fruit, vegetables and flowers for domestic consumption by himself and his family. The plot shall be kept free of weeds and well manured and otherwise maintain it in a good state of cultivation and fertility. The proliferation of weed species such as teasels, thistles etc is prohibited.
    • (m) The tenant shall permit the inspection at all reasonable times of the allotment garden by any officer of the Association;
    • (n) The allotment gardens are for cultivation and not to be used for the storage of unused items or materials. Any form of hard standing will be subject of permission from the Association.
    • (p) Imported waste should not be taken to the allotment for storage or disposal.
  5. The Association shall pay all rates, taxes, dues or other assessments which may at any time be levied or charged upon the allotment garden.
  6. If the tenant shall have been in breach of any of the foregoing provisions of this agreement for a period of one month or longer the Association may re-enter upon the allotment garden and the tenancy shall thereupon come to an end but without prejudice to any right of the Association to claim damages for any such breach or to recover any rent already due before the time of such re-entry but remaining unpaid.
  7. On the termination of this tenancy the tenant shall be entitled to receive such compensation as is provided for by the Allotments Acts 1908 to 1950 but if the tenant shall have been paid or promised any compensation by any incoming tenant of the allotment garden the tenant shall before claiming any compensation from the Association give it notice in writing of the matters in respect of which any such compensation has been paid or promised.
  8. Any notice required by this agreement to be given to the Association shall be delivered to or sent by post to the Secretary of the Association via the PAA post boxes on the sheds of Plots 42 and 96 or via e-mail pockallotassoc@yahoo.co.uk and any notice to be given to the tenant shall be treated as sufficiently served if left at or delivered by recorded delivery post at the address at the head of this agreement.
  9. This tenancy agreement is subject to alteration by the Association by giving three months notice of any prospective change. A notice setting out the proposed change will be exhibited on the entrance to the allotment site. Any objection to such changes will be debated by the next committee meeting of the Association before implementation.