A North London community centre, negotiating a lease with the council
after a number of years occupying the space informally, were asked to
provide individual charity trustees to guarantee the lease.
Foundation secured pro bono input from a solicitor who advised the
community centre of the unusually onerous nature of this requirement
and provided advice on negotiation. With this knowledge, the community
centre negotiated to provide a three month rent deposit instead of
personal guarantors. As a result, the council subsequently changed its
policy across all it leases to charities.