By Claire Racine
In order to provide free advice to voluntary organisations
and charities about property related issues, the Royal Institute
of Chartered Surveyors, the NCVO and Charity Finance Director’s
Group have launched Charity Property Help.
“A great deal of time and effort is used in raising
money for charities and the correct advice is needed if
good business decisions are to be made,” said Geoffrey
Barber, RICS member and founder of the philanthropic The
Return Foundation, which also helped set up Charity Property
“A dedicated facility has been formed by the RICS
to ensure that charities make the best use of their expenditure
on property with the help of reliable advisors who can be
contacted through the Charity Property Help website,”
Charity Property Help will provide registered charities
and voluntary organisations with a free one-hour consultation
from an RICS member firm.
Areas of advice and information include property maintenance,
environmental issues, lease, renewals and tenencies and
In the past few weeks, 103 property firms from across the
UK, including Savills and Alder-King, have already registered
to join Charity Property Help.
Both small community groups and multinationals can benefit
from Charity Property Help.
“Whether renting or leasing a small office or managing
a large portfolio of building assets, having the right advice
on issues from rent reviews to dilapidations can save charities
substantial funds,” said Richard Williams, NCVO director