A good farm lease is built upon good communication between landowner and tenant. Regardless of the relationship between potential tenant and landowner, it is advisable to have terms of agreement in writing. Creating a formal lease agreement requires both parties to consider future scenarios they may encounter, and how tough situations or disagreements may be sorted out. It is prudent to communicate ahead of time about both parties’ goals, preferences, and expectations in order to build a sustainable relationship. The following resources may help with anticipating initial conversation topics which may come up while writing a lease agreement, diffusing disagreements, and effectively expressing opinions, developing negotiating skills and more.


Land Tenure Workshop: A Mini Compendium
Pages 138-145 of this document from The Greenhorns outline considerations for landowners, considerations for farmers, and helpful guiding questions for both parties to ask themselves and one another. It also highlights types of lease agreements and advice for continued success during the lease period.

Managing Landlord-Tenant Relationships: A Strategic Perspective
This resource from The Ohio State University Extension outlines the landlord-tenant relationship, lists guidelines for each party, provides a checklist of communication to get both parties on the same page, and information on effective communication strategies.

Communication & Negotiation
This comprehensive resource from Land For Good consists of four topics: keys to successful interactions, communicating with your landlord, communication skills, and negotiation skills. Each provides an overview of communication strategies applicable to entering into a lease agreement.