The rural property team deals with the letting and management of property on the Estates, including farms, houses and commercial sites such as shops and mast sites. There are some 200 farms across Buccleuch properties and all of these are tenanted on a number of different types of lease. Some of the families who lease these farms have been on the Estate for generations. Other areas of responsibility include minerals and wayleave negotiations with utility companies. In addition, the fencing and Estate mechanic/workshop functions are managed within the Property Business.