Property owned by the Church Commissioners

(In these questions and answers, "the Commissioners" means the Church Commissioners for England and their subsidiary property companies.)

Q. The Commissioners are my landlord.  How do I obtain the necessary consents to assign my lease, grant an underlease or carry out alterations? Whom should I contact to renew or terminate my lease, and with whom should I negotiate the terms of any renewal or termination?

A. In the first instance you should contact the Commissioners' agent whose name and details appear on your rent demands. If you have difficulty contacting the agent you may contact the Property Investment Department of the Commissioners (details below).

Q. My deeds show that my property is subject to a restrictive covenant in favour of the Commissioners. How do I obtain a release, variation or relaxation of the covenant? I own or occupy premises adjoining property owned by the Church and intend carrying out work on a party wall or structure or other work which may affect the Commissioners' property. Whom should I contact?

A. You should contact the Property Investment Department of the Commissioners who will consider your request (details below).

Q. I am interested in buying or taking a lease on some premises owned by the Commissioners. Whom should I contact?

A. You should contact the Commissioners' letting or managing agents. Alternatively the Property Investment Department (details below) will be able to put you in touch with the appropriate Agents if they are not already known.

Q. Why do the Commissioners impose covenants preventing their property being used for certain purposes? Is this policy subject to exceptions?

A. Covenants are imposed for the reason of good estate management and this policy is applied across the portfolio. If you have a proposed use which is likely to breach a covenant you should contact the Property Investment Department (details below).

Q. Why do the Commissioners reserve the mineral rights when selling property? Is this their policy in all cases?

A. Mineral rights are reserved on sales for the reason of good estate management, a policy which is applied across the portfolio.

Q. Do the Commissioners subscribe to the Commercial Lease Code of Practice? Where can I find a copy of the Code?

A. Yes, the Commissioners do subscribe to the Code of Practice, which is accessible here on the British Property Federation website.

Contacts

Commercial Property: joanna.love@churchofengland.org

Rural Propertycarol.hawkey@churchofengland.org

Residential Property: mark.mckeown@churchofengland.org

Property Investment Department, Church Commissioners, Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ