Until now, the definition of an active farmer has not been entirely clear and as a result there has been concern that, for example, those farmers who have successfully diversified may no longer qualify as an active farmer even if they are clearly still farming in a reasonably significant manner.
However, what we have known for some time is that there is a “negative list” of non-agricultural activities that will not qualify:
The first four categories seem reasonably straightforward but the fifth category has always caused concern, not least because no one understood what “real estate services” really meant. But now things have become clearer following DEFRA’s latest publication on the subject.
We now know that “operating a real estate service” applies to professional property developers, real estate agencies, and people managing real estate on a fee or contract basis.