Country house owner

If you own land in the countryside, whether two acres or twenty, you should join the CLA

If you have invested in a house in the country with land around it, your land and property are valuable assets. How can you protect and develop them? Who can explain all the rights and responsibilities for everything that happens on your land? CLA's specialist advice, practical support and guidance will allow you to understand your landowning responsibilities and make the most of your land and property.

Why you should be a member of the CLA

Access reliable, topical information – regular emails, a monthly magazine, exclusive guidance notes and the CLA website keep you up to date with the wide range of issues that affect landowners and provide practical advice on what you should do.

Receive free, unbiased, professional advice – our national experts, both in London and your own area, can help on every aspect of landownership – law, taxation, environment, planning and land use.

Make valuable connections – at unique member events you can socialise with fellow land and property owners from across the region.

Develop your income streams – our seminars and workshops can help you diversify and expand your existing sources of revenue.

Share your issues – you can share ideas and best practice with other members to help you succeed with your own projects, whether you plan to create a woodland walk or grow organic fruit and vegetables.

Find specialist services and suppliers – source the rural expertise you need.

Protect the value of your land and property – as an owner of rural land, you need the influential voice of the CLA to protect its value regardless of the number of acres you own, and our continuous work protects your private property rights. Find out how we work to protect your interests.

Cut your costs – specially set up by the CLA to meet the needs of land and rural business owners, these services include CLA Insurance, CLA Healthcare and CLA Energy Services.

Anyone who owns rural land and property will benefit from joining the CLA.


How we can help you

Some typical member issues. CLA advisers can help with all these areas and more.

Grazing agreements – when do I need a formal written agreement when renting out land for grazing?

Boundary disputes – how do I stop neighbours encroaching?

Basic Payment Scheme – who can clarify the compliance rules?

Rights of way – how can I change a right of way?

Horses – what issues do I need to consider in addition to insurance, ragwort and welfare?

Property rights – who can explain my rights and responsibilities over my own land?

Trespass – how can I stop people trespassing on my land?

Heritage – how can I make the most of my listed buildings?

Country sports – what is the law from the perspective of the landowner?

Fly-tipping – am I liable for clearing up rubbish tipped on my land?

Legal advice – how can I keep up to date with ever-changing legislation?

Travellers – where does the law stand and how can I move them on?

Compulsory purchase – what are my rights and how can I secure compensation? 

Diversification – what do I need to think about when diversifying?

Inheritance Tax – how can I avoid the threat to long-term family ownership?

Occupier’s liability – what are my legal obligations to people coming on to my land?

Planning – what do I need to bear in mind when applying for planning permission?

Employment – what are my current legal responsibilities?

Utilities – what rights do utility companies have to come on to my land?


What does annual membership cost?

Membership starts from £239 for a year; the subscription is based on the number of acres you own and will be a fraction of the overall value of your land and property which your CLA membership protects.