Most charities in England or Wales can buy or sell land they own without needing to get approval from the Charity Commission, providing:
- it’s in the charity’s best interests
- the trustees try to get the best deal for their charity
- the trustees follow the requirements set out in the commission’s charity land and property guidance
But the process is generally more complex when the commission’s approval is needed – for example, if you’re selling land to someone connected to your charity. The commission recommends you take advice if you think its approval is needed for a property transaction – but it can’t provide this advice itself.
That’s where the Ethical Property Foundation comes in. Its website has over 125 pages of free, regularly updated property guidance, checklists and templates. And if you can’t find the answer you need, you can contact its property advisers for bespoke, one-to-one advice on complex issues like:
- disposal of charity assets and related reports
- buying premises and taking out mortgages
- title deeds and other governance issues
- use of charity buildings
- leasing premises and managing buildings
Contact the Ethical Property Foundation
The foundation also keeps a list of property professionals that give discounted and free advice to charities.