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Top 10 Property Tips For Your Charity's Success

Does your property strategy align with your organisations’ aims and objectives?

Do you know your health and safety responsibilities?

Has the pandemic changed your use of property?


This guide aims to raise important property questions in the minds of trustees and others with property responsibilities. Owning the right property or securing a favourable lease, can help to strengthen a charity and secure its future.  However, trustees need to be aware that a bad property decision can damage both a charity’s finances and its reputation:


• A rigid lease that doesn’t allow the charity to grow

• A schedule of dilapidations that the charity hasn’t accounted for

• An unwise property purchase that doesn’t suit the needs of service users


This guide is intended as a starting point, with top tips for property and areas to review to avoid potential costly mistakes. Topics covered in this guide include, among others:


• Aligning your property strategy with your aims, objectives and strategy

• Scrutinising the terms of your lease or terms of ownership

• Considering sustainability improvements

• Taking advice from a property professional

We hope that after reading this guide, you’ll be prompted to take action, if necessary, in order to ensure that your charity’s property is an asset, not a liability.

About the author


Senior Property Advisor Simon Taylor is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) and has more than 40 years’ experience across the commercial and charity sector.

About Ethical Property Foundation


The Ethical Property Foundation is the property advice charity for the UK voluntary sector, offering free guidance and training as well as affordable consultancy. Every year we support hundreds of charities, social enterprises and community groups. Everything we do is designed to equip not-for-profit organisations with the knowledge and confidence to manage their premises, whether rented or owned, for the benefit of their cause and community and to adapt to the new normal in a pandemic world.


About Charity Bank


Charity Bank is the loans and savings bank owned by and committed to supporting the social sector. Since 2002, we have used our savers’ money to make more than 1,000 loans totalling over £350m to housing, education, social care, community and other social purpose organisations.


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