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Farmland Leasing

Our family has been leading land from our local Airport Authority for years for haying as have farmers before us for decades. For the second time in 2 years, major storm debris to the time of hundred of thousands of pounds have been dumped on our leased land. On our speaking to the city about this loss of land use, the city has claimed our lease invalid stating they weren’t involved in this lease and the city actually owns this land. This puts us out $200k. Any ideas?
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Re: Farmland Leasing

Who is doing the dumping?  Did you talk to the Airport Authority?  What do they have to say about it.did you use an attorney when you first entered into the lease?  Again, if so what does the attorney say?  I you have not made the lease payment yet you may have some leverage.  If you've already paid, then not so much.  Hope you can get things straightened out.

P.S.  If you have not had an attorney involved, now would be the next best time to get one.

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Federal and city from (first time) two years ago two tornados that struck within two weeks of each other and then this time, Hurricane Michael. The Airport Authority deferred to the City of Albany (GA). The city says the lease is not valid because it didn’t go thru their commission, however the City Director of Transportation and the Airport Director both signed this lease. We’ve had this lease for seven years renewed annually and yes, it’s been paid, and other farmers have had it for a couple more decades. We now have an attorney. This city has 77k population. The newspaper has picked up the story now. The City has been very very slow to respond. The city attorney had not notified the city manager of the situation. Our attorney has been pursuing for over two months. My husband got some county (we live out in the county) commission involvement and we supply hay exclusively to our local feed store, to our local zoo, to multiple plantations and to several various small farms and horse owners. The question comes down to the validity of the lease. The fields we farm are inside the locked secure airport field areas, we have gate keys, we are highly visible farming, entering and exiting the fields, several cuttings/balings per season for years.

https://www.albanyherald.com/news/local/hay-farmer-has-dispute-with-airport-city/article_719892ec-4f...
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