Hiring out your church premises
First published on this website in February 2012 and last updated in January 2014.
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Here is detailed advice on how to go about letting your church buildings out for others to use. There are nine sections which cover
- Clarify purpose and vision
- Assess the spaces available
- Identify your target users
- Fix the pricing structure
- Take advice on legal details
- Beware potential problems
- Serve professionally
- Set up management and staffing
- Market your product
This article will be invaluable for any church letting out its premises for the first time or reviewing or extending its present level of lettings.
Here is the link to this item: a28.pdf
Wednesday 08 January 2014 10:18:03 am
Monday 11 March 2013 4:51:44 am
Monday 04 March 2013 10:06:22 pm
We have had loads of enquiries about hiring out the church building and meeting rooms (zumba, scouts, community associations, fitness classes, parties, other local churches etc etc). However, I am concerned that the use of a building for more than 5% for non-charitable purposes could result in a liability for VAT on the whole or a significant proportion of the construction cost. This would be the case for the first 10 years under the capital goods scheme. HMRC guidance does not tell you how to calculate the 5% but puts the onus on the charity to come up with a just and reasonable basis (unlike the previous rules which specified how the 10% could be calculated).
We have been advised to avoid letting to top-down business operations eg franchised ventures and focus on community use.
We are putting together our lettings policy and would really appreciate if anyone has an more experience in this area. I am aware that HMRC is going after a number of village halls and church halls for VAT so I am not sure we can expect HMRC to play fair on this.
Monday 12 November 2012 4:49:48 am
Monday 05 November 2012 3:51:17 pm
Wednesday 21 March 2012 1:58:12 pm
Thursday 16 February 2012 8:33:41 pm
I guess we live in particuarly price-sensitive times just now so we need to watch our tariffs carefully. But beware leaving them as they are for some years and then trying to catch up as people notice big jumps.
On VAT this should not be a problem unless the church has a considerable turnover in trading activities which some may. Thanks, Phil, for all the information provided - delighted someone is doing all the work! Anyone else have input on this?
Business rates should not be a problem but I am picking up that some Councils are now out to get whatever they can and this may become much more of an issue in the future. Any experiences on this from anyone would be helpful.
And on doubling up pack up and set up, fair point and I will add a caveat when I update. Much depends on the type of activity and whether cleaning is necessary inbetween. Thank you, Hilary.
Wednesday 15 February 2012 2:40:27 pm
One minor tweak I would suggest - pg6 - when bookings are back to back then please don't overlap one group's set up with another's packing away. I have seen arguments and resentments start here because both parties felt pressured. Also remember that the last bit of clearing is usually hoovering up, and this can't be done effectively if someone else is getting things out. And it's never fun starting off in a biscuit-crummy room! It is also worth knowing if you can offer the opprtunity to set up well ahead (ie first thing in the morning for a lunch time booking) if you know there is nothing going on in the interrim. Don't necessarily advertise this, but be ready for the question.
Thursday 09 February 2012 3:15:24 pm
Thursday 09 February 2012 12:46:12 pm
Tuesday 07 February 2012 1:32:27 pm
Nina de Salis Young
Monday 06 February 2012 10:56:45 am
We've put up our rates up again for this year, and are quickly backtracking as the market has changed and price-competition is the name of the game in the current economic climate. We're also underway with a large restoration project to the building as the wear-and-tear is making us an unattractive venue.