What happens when your group becomes responsible for property - either by purchase or lease, perhaps even building something from scratch?
The property may be for your group’s own use – as an office perhaps, or as a base for your services or activities. For example, a charity shop or a drop-in centre. It could also be a community building. Most of us in this case would think of village halls, but increasingly other types of building are being run by community groups and organisations to provide essential services such as local shops, libraries or garages.
Any community group or organisation taking over the running of a premises will need to ensure that the premises are accessible, and that they are managed with the aim of securing their use for generations to come.
Building a Property
If your group or organisation is planning to build a premises, you will need to think about:-
Buying a Property
If your group or organisation is considering the purchase of a property, you will be dealing with:-
In addition, in either case, there are certainly going to be legal requirements associated with equalities (making the building accessible), Health and Safety (including fire safety), employment law, insurances and security.
Help with running costs
Securing funding for the capital outlay of a building is one thing, but ensuring that your group is able to meet the running costs associated with the building will be an ongoing challenge.
Make sure that you are aware of any discounts and rebates or concessions that your group may be able to claim and benefit from. These may typically include:-
Ask your local Third Sector Interface organisation or Local Authority for more information.
Other Community Toolkit Topics to look at:
Community Right to Buy....what is Community Right to BuyHealth and Safety....guidelines on health and safety legislationEqualities and Human Rights....identifying your group's legal responsibilities with regards to equalities and human rightsBeing an Employer....best practice guidelines to being an employerMaintenance and Security....responsiblity for the maintenance and security of your community buildingHiring out your village hall....guidelines for hiring out your hallLicensing....overview of licensing regulations
Further sources of information
For more information visit your
local support organisation