Camden Council is introducing a fair system for charities who rent council buildings and has consulted the tenant voluntary and community organisations on this proposal in the summer of 2021. This will mean an end to charities having to use commercial leases, and provide clear process on how to get a discount on rent.
For more information on the Rents and Leases programme please contact Sam Rowe (Senior Community Partner - Assets and Projects).
You can request the Frequently Asked Questions about the work
If you are responsible for a community building, you will need to make sure the premises is well maintained and safe for staff, visitors and the public. This includes undertaking essential statutory and non-statutory checks.
This isn't always very well understood by voluntary groups or their trustees. A guide has been written with this in mind. The guide includes what you may need to know about lifts, fire, electrical, asbestos, Legionella, gas, water and other forms of safety.
This guide may not cover all the specifics of your building, but it is a great introduction about thinking about buildings safety. There are significant consequences for charities for not following regulations, so it is important to get this right.
Download your copy of: Property Guidance for VCS Buildings
Remember: Always check your lease so you know your responsibility and ensure you stay up to date with changes to regulations as the information in this guide will go out of date.