Raoul Hewitt is the Property & Trust Officer and Kathryn Hemensley is Assistant Property and Trust Officer. They are available to advise on all matters to do with property, building work, trust and legal advice etc.
Both can be contacted at Synod Offices on 01823 275470 or by email
There are many resources available to help churches manage property issues and apply for help in caring for and developing their church buildings. These can be accessed using the links below.
New Regulations for Manses
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 were approved by Parliament on 15 September 2015 and will come into force on 1 October 2015. The Regulations require landlords in the private rented sector to ensure that a smoke alarm is fitted on every storey of a rented dwelling occupied under a tenancy and that a carbon monoxide alarm is fitted in any room which contains a solid-fuel burning appliance. It is ‘best practice’ to treat manses occupied by Ministers of Church Workers in the same way as those which are let.
The House of Commons Library has just published a helpful briefing: Smoke Alarms, Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Legionella: Landlords' Responsibilities which sets out the obligations on private landlords in relation to smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and the avoidance of Legionnaires’ Disease (caused by the Legionella bacteria).