Why don’t commercial landlords like dealing with churches?

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.

How can landlord’s be confident about renting to church organisations?

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.

How can a landlord know how much a church is worth?

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.

How much does a commercial tenant need to save to get a property to rent of their own?

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.

How much space do we need to create a church building suitable for a congregation?

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 http://www.banquettablespro.com/space-and-capacity-calculator
can they build this sort of calculator into the website??

What type of property do we need to start a church, a nursery or a medical practice?

D1 properties cover many ‘public’ services, such as medical premises, nurseries and religious institutes.

What can be done to increase our chances of getting a place of worship?

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.

How do I know how much a building will cost to renovate?

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.

What does use class mean in relation to a property?

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.

What use class do I need for a church or a commercial property?

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)
Museums
Public libraries or reading rooms
Public or exhibition halls Premises “for, or in connection with, public worship or religious instruction”
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What is 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

How do we secure a change of use?

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.

How likely is it that we will be granted planning permission?

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.

How long does it take to get planning permission?

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.

What Factors are taken into account when the local council decide whether to grant planning permission?

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What are the risks involved in using a premises that does not have D1 use?

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.

What should I do if an enforcement notice is served?

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

What type of property will be suitable for a school, nursery or day training centre?

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