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Ethical Property Foundation launches new online property advice resources with Charity Commission support

03 March 2014

The Ethical Property Foundation, with help from the Charity Commission, has launched two new sections to its online Property Advice Service, covering Disposal of Property and Good Practice.

The Foundation helps charities save time, money and worry by making the most of their properties, so they can focus on their frontline work. Its online property resources offer jargon-free advice covering buying, renting, leasing and managing property, and are free to use for registered charities.

The new Disposal of Property section is designed to help charities who may be planning the sale of a property’s freehold, or assigning or granting a lease, quickly find the information they need ensuring the process goes as smoothly as possible.

The new Good Practice section offers charity trustees a clear outline of their key duties and considerations in carrying out property-related transactions. These can often be complex and highly regulated.

Antonia Swinson, Director, Ethical Property Foundation, said: “Dealing with property matters can be a daunting prospect. Over 3,600 charities have already registered to use our online property advice, so I’m pleased that we’ve been able to expand the service with help from the Charity Commission.  With two new sections covering property disposal and best practice, we’ll be cutting through the complexity and helping even more non-profit organisations save time and money so they can get on with doing what they do best.”

Sam Younger, CEO, Charity Commission, said: “I welcome these additions to the Ethical Property Foundation’s suite of guidance, which has been produced with our help. This kind of specialist guidance, created by charities for charities is vital in promoting good standards of management. I encourage charities considering decisions around land and property to consult this guidance and ensure they are complying with the principles set out in the Good Practice section.”

These two new sections add to an already comprehensive online advice resource for charities, which ranges from the basics of buying or letting buildings to dealing with disputes and property activism. The full online property advice service can be found here .

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