At Tunji Adebayo & Co we understand the issues you face as a church but also understand how commercial landlords operate. This is knowledge many commercial agents do not possess.

Our unique understanding of the church and the way it operates, in terms of funding, means we are in the perfect position to act as the link between your organisation and the commercial world. This may also involve leveraging our relationships with agents and landlords in order to achieve results. For us there is no instruction too large or too small.

Over the years we have worked with churches that began with 20 people in a school or community centre. We have watched them grow to over 400 members and eventually purchase their building.

The key thing is that we been with these organisations throughout this growth process. We are always available to find larger more suitable premises when the need arises.

When it comes to purchases or disposals you can be confident that we will get you the best property deal whether on or off market.

As far as D1 and church properties are concerned you can be sure Tunji Adebayo & Co. has a significant and wide network of potential buyers or sellers that you can call on. Contact us now and begin the conversation.

What we do

Tunji Adebayo & Co is the number one church property agents and planners in the UK. We have over 20 years’ experience working specifically on behalf of churches.

Primarily, we focus on:

Target catchment analysis       Property search          Acquisition      Planning Consent       Church Planning          Strategy and funding and analysis

Having been in the market for so long Tunji Adebayo & Co have gathered many  partners and contacts who are able to offer various funding options.
These include;
–       Banks
–       Bridging Loan Companies
–       Private Investors
Purchasing a church can be extremely time consuming and expensive, especially in today’s market. This becomes even more of a problem if the organization has not been properly advised from the onset. Tunji Adebayo are able to provide advice on how to structure the organization and what the church can be doing in order to increase the chances of its funding being approved. This is something that should ideally be done long before the organization is ready to purchase. Even in terms of leasehold properties we find clients that have not structured the organization in a manner that enables it to have a solid foundation and build a track record. Tunji Adebayo & Co realise that in many cases its about telling a story and communicating the strength of your organization, that’s why we will guide your organization in a manner that ensures you are able commercial viable and full compliant with regulations in order to ensure that lenders and sellers are comfortable with you.

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Stage 1

Demographic and location analysis – are we in the right place?
Site search and selection
Business planning: cash flow modelling, revenue forecasting, option appraisal
Town planning advice and support
Pre acquisition survey initial condition survey or compliance and legislative assessment

Stage 2

Helping you fit out and find the best place of worship
Understanding your space, vision, fit out requirement, initial design
Capital spend , budget formation, cost planning
Specification writing
Tendering support and contractor appointment
Contract administration and project management
Commissioning, signing off and completing contract work

Stage 3

Property Management
Occupier Maintenance planning mapped out with potential costs
Lease renewals


The main reason landlords prefer other users to churches is because its can be difficult to substantiate the income of the church as it is based on donations from the congregation. The change of use means church use that is not common and therefore landlords perceive they may struggle to let the property should the church organisation leave.

Over the last 20 years we have built a strong reputation with commercial landlords and have a very good reputation in the commercial industry for creating reliable and long lasting relationships between tenants and landlord.  We believe in trust and transparency so both parties are clear about the impact and benefits of renting to church organisations.If we come across new commercial landlords we have extensive market research and data to support the cause of churches being first class, reliable tenants. We are at pains to educate landlords so they understand the church industry is a very well-funded and long term business proposition. It can be extremely beneficial to the landlord, church and surrounding community.

There are ways of addressing concerns by producing forecasts based on previous donation patterns.  In addition there are various examples of churches around the UK who have been in their property for many years with absolutely  no issues. Once a church enters a new building and they are able to decorate to a suitable standard the congregation in almost all cases grows significantly.

It’s common practice in the industry that to exchange contracts it will  be necessary to pay 3 months rent in advance and 3 months rent as a deposit.

This differs case by case as each client has individual needs and the layout of the space will vary. But a good website for you to make calculations of space
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D1 properties cover many ‘public’ services, such as medical premises, nurseries and religious institutes

you need to open to a variety of buildings, a lot of the more established churches did not start out as state of the art worship centres. It’s not so important how the building looks on the outside but what happens inside. Also be open-minded about doing some renovation work, the space that is open and usually affordable may at times needs attention. But that can be a team building and community orientated project that can benefit the whole congregation.

Have a list of things you will or will not compromise on, e.g cost, location, size etc. Using our service we can use the commercial language that the landlords want to hear. iAs a potential tenant you will need to provide evidence of sufficient funds. It’s worth being very detailed in the way you budget for a property and its renovation.

Every building has a pre-determined use class. It determines what the building can be used for. For example, residential, retail, commercial and office use.

This will vary depending on what you want to use the building for. You can have a discussion with our planning department and they can advise you which use class you will belong to and help find the appropriate building to suit your specific needs. For example if you are a church organisation you fall under the D1 use class. Class D1 covers many ‘public’ services (which do not fall under Class A):Medical or health services premises which don’t form a part of the practitioner’s home
Crèches, day nurseries or day centres
Premises for education,
Premises which display works of art without commercial transactions (sale or hire)
Public libraries or reading rooms
Public or exhibition halls Premises “for, or in connection with, public worship or religious instruction”

For example if you are a church organisation you fall under the D1 use class. Class D1 covers many ‘public’ services (which do not fall under Class A):Medical or health services premises which don’t form a part of the practitioner’s home

We have a team of experienced planning consultants who will handle the change of use from beginning to end. We have excellent relationship with various London boroughs.They are also able to deal with any and all development planning applications, appeals etc.

This can vary as every case is different. The agent will always try to find properties that will be most favourable. But we will always advise that client do take planning advise.

Depending on the complexity of the project the preparation of the application documents can take up to 2 months. The official process upon submission of the application is 8-10 weeks. However in our experience most councils have a back log and take slightly longer. If permission is refused you also have a number of opportunities to appeal the decision and make changes.

An Enforcement Notice will be served on the premises you will then be given a period of time to adhere to the terms of the notice otherwise you can be taken to court.

Contact a planning consultant immediately to take proper advise on your next course of action

A D1 property. For example if you are a church organisation you fall under the D1 use class. Class D1 covers many ‘public’ services (which do not fall under Class A):Medical or health services premises which don’t form a part of the practitioner’s home