HC Deb 21 January 1981 vol 997 cc198-9W
Mr. Freud

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will explain the difference between "termination of an allotment tenancy by three months' notice to quit" and "terminatin by re-entry after three months' notice" as stated in his letter to the hon. Member for the Isle of Ely dated 15 January 1981.

Mr. Monro

An allotment tenancy is normally granted for an initial period of one year renewable annually thereafter. Thus, terminaton of a tenancy is normally effected by not less than 12 months' notice to quit—expiring on or before 6 April or on or after 29 September in any year.

It is usual, however, for an allotment tenancy agreement to provide that the tenancy may be terminated by re-entry at shorter notice—exempli gratia three months—in certain circumstances, such as non-payment of rent or failure of the tenant to observe the rules affecting the allotments. Special provision for re-entry is also made where the local authority has less than a freehold interest in the land.