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Frequently Asked Questions: Do I Have the Right to Growing Crops When the Lease Terminates?

Paul Goeringer
Photo by Edwin Remsberg

Photo by Edwin Remsberg

This post should not be construed as legal advice

            For those who have seen my leasing publication Agricultural Leasing in Maryland, you should realize I did not answer every question related to agricultural leasing.  One of those questions is how to handle growing crops when a lease terminates. 

            What rights does the tenant have in the growing crop?  This question may be answered in multiple ways depending on the type of crops being grown, language in the lease, and other factors.  The best way to resolve this issue is simply to include in the lease language allowing a tenant a reasonable time to harvest growing crops after the lease terminates, or similar language allowing the tenant time to come back on the leased property to harvest growing crops after the lease has terminated.

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