Why should I use RentThisLand.com? 

Rentthisland.com lets you search for rental land (by location, acres, land type etc.), but it also offers free, automated email alerts to let you know when the types of land you want become listed in your area. It only takes minutes to customize your preferences, and once you do you won't have to worry about missing an opportunity! If you spot a listing you're interested in, you can add it to your 'watchlist'. If a listing on your watchlist is about to end, or if a landowner decides to end a listing early, you'll be notified automatically so you never miss your chance to make an offer. You can ask questions on any listing by using the Question/Answer message board, and can view all the questions and answers others have asked. If you are interested in renting a piece of land, you can submit your offer, quickly and securely through the website. Rentthisland.com will help you find out about land rental opportunities, and provide a fair, easy and time efficient way to make an offer.

Visit our blog post to read about how renting farmland in Canada is more realistic since higher land prices prevent farmers from purchasing land. 
How do the email alerts work?

When you register as a 'farm operator', simply indicate how far from your location (address) you are interested in renting land; you can select a radius of 10km to 200km. Then tick the box that states, 'send me email alerts when new land becomes available'. You can then customize how often you want to receive these emails (i.e. daily, weekly). You can also customize optional filter settings, such as the land type (crop, pasture, other), range of workable acres, range of lease term, or whether you only want to see listings showing crop rotation history, photographs, or that meets organic requirements. Once you are registered, your preferences are saved and you will begin to receive alerts.  You can edit your preferences at any time by logging into your account and saving your changes. 
What is the 'profile summary'? What information should go in my 'profile summary'?

Your profile summary is a very important section. If you make an offer to rent any land that is listed on Rentthisland.com, the profile summary is forwarded to the landowner, along with the price/acre you have offered, and your contact information. Every farm operator has unique background, experiences, qualifications and practices. This section lets you summarize your operation and why you would be the best choice for landowners to select. Use this as a sort of 'resume' or 'cover letter' to highlight the features of your operation that set you apart from the others! Remember, Rentthisland.com is not an auction. Many landowners are looking at factors in addition to the price offered. You want to make sure this section clearly highlights your competitive strengths!
Is my profile summary visible publicly

No, it isn't. Your profile is not shown anywhere on the website and will only be sent to landowners if you choose to make an offer on their listing. 

Why isn't the land rental price stated on each listing?

Rentthisland.com is a unique land rental process. It is not a classified ad where a landowner posts an asking price. Instead, landowners are seeking offers on their land. You will not find any price expectations included on Rentthisland.com listings. If you are interested in renting a property, you should consider the information contained in the listing, assess the value of the land as it relates to your own operation, and make an offer that you feel reflects the land's worth. This process is similar to the 'tender'  or 'sealed bid' process that sometimes takes place on rental land, however Rentthisland.com offers an automated, online venue to complete the process.
Why can't I contact the landowner directly?

In order for Rentthisland.com to be fair for all farm operators, it is important that no one contact the landowner directly.  You are not allowed to approach a landowner to try to negotiate the lease of their land through any means other than Rentthisland.com; this includes inquiring about an asking price. Doing so is not fair to other farmers who are abiding by the terms and conditions. 
Also, landowners who list their land on Rentthisland.com are doing so because they would like to participate in an anonymous, blind offer process and do not want to be contacted directly.  They agree to this as a condition of using the website. Instead, landowners would like to receive offers on their land which they can privately consider at the end of a listing. Landowners will only contact those parties they choose in order to make their final decision. Any users found in violation of this condition (farm operator or landowner) will have their account deleted and will be banned from further use of the website. 
What if I have a question about the land/listing? 

We encourage farm operators to clarify any details about the land, listing or lease terms prior to making an offer. Each listing has its own 'Questions and Answers' section. Farmers can simply type and submit a question right on the listing page. All questions are moderated by Rentthisland.com prior to being forwarded to the landowner. Farmers must ensure that their questions comply with the site's terms and conditions; this means that farmers may not use their name, provide any contact information or inquire about the expected price for the land. (Attempting to violate the terms and conditions will result in the question being denied, and could lead to being banned from the website). Once approved, the landowner is forwarded a notification about your question. Once a response has been submitted by the landowner and posted to the listing, you will receive an email notification so you know your answer has been posted. 

What fees apply?

There is a $20 fee to place an offer on a listing. 
The farm operator who is selected by the landowner will be charged a 1.5% service fee based on the total value of the lease advertised on the site. Please refer to the Pricing and Payment page for more information. 
Will my offer be seen by other farmers? Can I see what other farmers have offered?

No, and no. Your offer will never be shown publicly and you will not be able to view other offers. Our process is blind and private. Only the landowner will know who has made an offer, and how much each farm operator has offered on a listing, and only 
after the listing closes. During the time a listing is active, the landowner will only know how many offers have been submitted, and the average price/acre (average is only shown if 5 or more offers have been placed). Your offer information will never be publicly revealed by Rentthisland.com. 
If I make the highest offer, will I win the lease?

Not necessarily. The highest offer will not automatically be selected. Landowners may decide to go with a lower offer for any number of reasons. Some may be more interested in how an operator will farm the land, what crops will be grown etc. While higher offers are more likely to be selected, this is not an auction. Landowners are free to select an operator based on the criteria they deem most valuable.
What features make RentThisLand.com fair for farmers making offers?

Any farmer can register on the site and receive automatic email alerts when new land is posted. We have designed our system to give every interested operator a fair chance to find out about new listings, and even receive reminders in order to place offers before a listing closes (watchlist feature). These features are freely available to all registered users.

This is not an auction. In an auction system, the highest 'bid' typically wins. This is not fair to landowners who may value other criteria higher than price alone. Also, an open auction system is more likely to penalize newer or smaller operations who may not be able to increase bids in order to 'win' more land.  With a blind-to-all offer system, each operator has the onus to consider all factors (land features, acreage, location, soil type etc.) and place an offer based on what the land is worth to them, and what they can actually afford to pay. Having an offer system encourages operators to offer what the land is worth, and will give landowners a good appraisal of fair market value; however, unlike an auction, land values will not artificially become inflated as a result. This also protects farmers' interests when there is a downturn in land values, commodity prices or other factors influencing the markets in question; the blind offers will give the landowner an understanding of whether historical land values are not currently realistic, while still ensuring he gets fair offers for his land. Finally, with blind offers, the landowners will not know who has offered what amount, or even what the highest amount offered has been; this makes it impossible for the landowner to intentionally provide information to a preferred operator who wants to make an offer via the website, or, to artificially drive up offer prices (both of which would contradict our terms of service and likely result in restrictions from posting further listings). The landowner will not know what specific offers have been made, or by whom, until the listing has closed. 

Our terms and services strictly prohibit any contact about land listings between prospective renters and landowners while a listing is active (i.e. open for offers). Farm operators may not approach landowners seeking to arrange .backdoor. deals, as this would disadvantage operators who are complying with terms and conditions. No personal information or contact information is to be shared on the website. 

All prospective operators may ask a question of the landowner at any point during a listing. These questions are moderated to prevent any attempts to bypass the offer procedure. All questions, are posted publicly on the listing.s message board, so all operators have access to the answers. The identity of the operator asking the question is NOT displayed on the message board. 
Farm operators MAY change their offer while a listing is still live. Suppose an operator really would like to gain new rental land:  They may choose to make offers on several listings within their area to increase the likelihood of gaining acreage. If the operator is successful in gaining enough acreage but still has offers placed on ongoing listings, he may reduce his offer price by up to 20%. If an operator has not been successful on previous listings and wants to increase his chance of winning live listings, he may then choose to increase his offer price by any amount. Again, because the offers are blind to all, any operator may offer their most competitive price, but will not face undue pressure by a live auction scenario to offer more than they would like to pay. 

If a landowner decides for whatever reason that they need to end a listing sooner than the original end date, he may do so. A landowner may close the listing early, however, doing so will not blindside any operators who still hoped to submit an offer. If a landowner ends a listing early, it will trigger a 48 hour window within which offers can still be made; this will automatically send an e-mail notification of the early closing to any operator who had placed that listing on their 'watchlist', giving them the opportunity to place an offer if they choose.
Why doesn.t the highest offer automatically 'win'?

Since Rentthisland.com is not an auction, the highest offer will not automatically win. Landowners may select whichever operator is the best match for their price and lease expectations. While some landowners may select the highest offer, others may place more emphasis on the farming approach and practices (which farm operators highlight in their 'profile summary'). We encourage farm operators to put in their best offer price, but the landowner ultimately decides who to choose.
What can I do to improve my chances of 'winning'? 

Every landowner has unique needs and values. We really encourage operators to thoughtfully complete the 'profile summary' section. This acts as a cover letter of sorts, telling the landowner why you would be the BEST renter for the land. Be sure to highlight great points about your operation, how you will treat the land, your ability to make payments etc. Also, while the highest offer will not necessarily win, you will stand a better chance if you make a competitive dollar value/acre.

Can I change my offer? 

Yes, you may. Farm operators may raise or lower their offer during the time a listing is still live. We understand that your situation may change from the time you place your offer. You may have succeeded in gaining the acres you need for the upcoming year and want to reduce your offer so as not to overextend your expenditures. You may lower your offer up to a maximum of 20%. You may also raise your offer by any amount if you wish to increase your chance of being selected as a winning operator. 
Can I cancel my offer? 

You may not cancel your offer once it has been submitted. Please consider each listing carefully before making an offer. 
What if the landowner doesn't pick any of the offers?

If a landowner decides not to pick one of the offers submitted through the website, each farm operator who made an offer on that listing will automatically receive  a 'free offer' credited to their account, which can be used on any future listings. 
What if I need help?

By all means, contact us and we would be pleased to help. You can reach us toll free by telephone (1-855-RNT-LAND), by email (support@rentthisland.com), or through our online contact form. You can even check out Rentthisland.com's blog for all our farmland leasing updates.