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This California Farm Cash Lease Agreement form is intended for renting a property for agricultural use. This is a lease for a one-year term. The tenant will pay half the rent up front and half on an agreed-upon date.
Use of Pesticide on the Farm
The tenant agrees to use the property only for growing specified crops. The tenant agrees to use good farming practices and to maintain the property. Pesticide use is regulated by the California Food and Agricultural Code, section 12978. The tenant agrees not to install structures on the property without the landlord’s approval and the landlord promises to approve reasonable improvements.
California Farming Equipment and Operations
The tenant agrees to be responsible for all farming operations and equipment used on the property. The tenant agrees to comply with all laws and regulations. The tenant agrees not to conduct any recreational or income-generating activities on the property without the landlord’s approval and the landlord promises to approve reasonable activities. The landlord may inspect the property at any time.
Agricultural Water Use
The landlord agrees to provide an irrigation hookup and the tenant agrees to provide and maintain the irrigation infrastructure. Agricultural water use is covered under the California Water Code, section 10608.48. The tenant agrees to arrange and pay for all utilities.
The tenant agrees to accept the property as-is and the landlord makes no guarantee about its arability. The tenant agrees not to sublease the property or incur any liens against it. The tenant agrees to pay all taxes.
If the landlord sells the property, the lease will remain in place. The tenant and the landlord agree to waive liability claims against each other. The tenant agrees to carry appropriate insurance coverage.
Termination of this Lease
The landlord may terminate the lease if the tenant abandons the property, fails to pay rent, or breaches the contract in any other way. The landlord may pursue damages up to the amount of unpaid rent under California Civil Code, section 1951.2. The tenant may terminate the lease at any time with 60 days notice or with 15 days notice if there is inadequate water, damage to the property, or other breach of contract by the landlord. If the tenant leaves personal property on the property, the landlord my charge storage fees or sell the personal property.
The landlord and the tenant agree that this is not a partnership of any sort. This lease will be binding on the heirs of the landlord. The landlord and the tenant agree that notices will be made in writing and served by mail, fax, or e-mail.
How to Fill
- Enter the date the lease will be effective from.
- Enter the landlord’s name.
- Enter the tenant’s name.
- Enter the California county the farm is located in.
- Enter the acreage.
- Enter the start and end dates of the lease term.
- Enter the yearly rent.
- Enter the date the second half of the rent is due.
- Describe the crops the tenant plans to grow.
- Enter the insurance coverage that the landlord requires.
- Landlord enters name and address and signs lease.
- Tenant enters name and address and signs lease.
- Complete Exhibit A with a map and description of the property.
California law does not require that a lease be witnessed, notarized, filed, or registered. It is valid upon execution. Both the landlord and the tenant should keep a copy of the lease in a safe place.
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Reference to California Laws
- California Civil Code Section: 1951.2
- California Food and Agricultural Code Section: 12978
- California Water Code Section: 10608.48