Finding your space and keeping costs down can be tricky, so we've compiled the following resources to help you.  If you have particular concerns about a building or would like to discuss your concerns about leases or premises, then you are welcome to come to the THCVS Premises Forum and/or talk to our team.

Finding a space

The THCVS venues directory can be a useful first step to identify and advertise office or activity space. 

Tower Hamlets Council are developing a network of Community Hubs across the borough. These are versatile, bookable spaces, designed to allow multiple community groups to use the building at the same time. Find out more about Community Hubs and how to book here.

My Community Space's Find a Space pages can help you find or advertise space to hire

Open Poplar is a directory for spaces and facilities in and near Poplar. 

Negotiating a Lease

Principles of negotiating a lease - Claire Garbett and James McCallum, from Russell Cooke Solicitors.

A great starting point to read before you've even looked at a property (or your lease renewal).

How to negotiate a lease - Claire Garbett and James McCallum, from Russell Cooke Solicitors.

This is the long form article of our Sparrow Autumn 2016 advice piece and is a guide to putting the advice from Principles of Negotiating a Lease into practice.

Business Rates

The effect of business rates reevaluation on local businesses in Tower Hamlets (16th January, 2017) Author; Roger Jones, Head of Revenue Services at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

This short article explains changes to Business Rate Relief that are coming into effect on the 1st April 2017.

THCVS article on actual changes to business rate relief in Tower Hamlets (from The Sparrow, Autumn 2016). Author; Roger Jones, Head of Revenue Services at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

This update on changes to Business Rate Relief gives a summary on the changes made to how business rates are collected, where the money goes and where to apply for your charitable rate relief.

THCVS article on potential changes to business rate relief in Tower Hamlets (from The Sparrow, Spring 2015) Author; Ryan O'Kane, former Communications Officer.

This is an article written by us where we framed some of the questions around changes to charitable rate relief and what this might mean for organisations in Tower Hamlets. 

Further advice on premises

 

Charity Property Help provides registered charities and voluntary organisations a minimum of one hour consultation with an RICS Regulated firm free of charge.

 

Ethical Property Foundation's Property Advice Service can provide you with guidance and support.

To find out more about what's happening locally with community buildings check out our Premises Forum page. As well as seeing information about the Premises Forum you can also see THCVS' responses to last year's Council consultation on community premises.