Religious & Community Use Properties

Properties Suitable for Religious & Community Use for Sale or to Let

We understand this unique sector of the former D1 market (now F1) extremely well. In fact, our business started as a result of being instructed to sell six vacant synagogues which were earmarked for sale in 1993. When four of these properties were sold for continuous religious & community uses, we realised that there was a need in the property market for such properties. From a commercial/residential background Bernard Gordon & Company started to specialise which has continued to this day to encompass all the niche sectors in the E, F1, F2 and Sui Generis market place.

Demand for this property sector remains the same today, although planning now falls within class F1 instead of class D1. We have 30+ years of experience in this market, having dealt with many organisations from all faiths and backgrounds throughout Central and Greater London & the South East generally. We understand the demands and needs, whether it’s an emerging congregation looking for their first secure premises or an established organisation looking to expand into a larger space as communities grow. We can assist and advise to ensure our clients and applicants reach a satisfactory outcome.

We have a selection of properties suitable for Religious & Community use available to rent and buy. Please see our listings below and use the filters to sort properties for sale or to let.

Buying & Renting Religious & Community Premises

Bernard Gordon & Co spent the first 10-15 years of its existence focusing mainly on the religious & community property sector in the former D1, now F1, market. We understand this market exceptionally well. It never ceases to amaze clients how big the demand is for suitable properties or how limited the supply is. We have vast experience in dealing with organisations of all faiths and backgrounds, assisting clients in disposing of suitable properties, and helping applicants find the perfect site for their communities.

We appreciate the difficulties organisations in this market face, being limited as charitable organisations; however, we use our experience to assist in satisfying charity commission requirements. We also understand the difficulty of finding a commercial property with large halls/auditoriums for a place of worship where required. Similarly, we know that with a large congregation, accessing the site becomes extremely important, with public transport and car parking being key in determining whether a site is suitable.

Aside from places of worship, we work with many organisations looking for property to run classes/training schemes. These may be in the faith or the community sector looking for functional space for high holy day celebrations or community-based activity days. We are often required to find premises suitable as both a place of worship and a community-based function space, which involves finding sites large enough for both, plus ancillary accommodation for office, storage, etc.

Given the history of this market, we have had the privilege of visiting and disposing of buildings of great beauty, stature, and prominence, often not found in new buildings. We have been lucky enough to meet some incredible people of faith over the years and learned so much from them.

Why not test our knowledge? If you are looking for a site, or looking to dispose of a site, give us a call.

How We Can Help

Please do get in touch if you wish to discuss further; we specialise in:

  • Disposals by way of lease or sale of freehold or long leasehold interest of D1/F1 properties suitable for religious and community purposes
  • Purchasing freeholds and long leaseholds of properties suitable for religious and community purposes
  • Rentals on new leases for properties suitable for religious and community purposes
  • Guidance on opportunities that require planning permission and working with various suppliers to ensure the correct advice is given from the right source

Expert D2/E Commercial Property Assistance

  • We offer guidance on likely rental levels achievable should a property come to market suitable for D1/F1 use
  • We offer guidance on likely sale levels achievable should a property come to market suitable for D1/F1 use
  • We can advise on the process of renting or selling a property from start to finish, offering advice, guidance, and recommendations along the way
  • We can offer guidance in suitable properties, planning implications, lease terms, negotiating, etc.
  • We can provide an up-to-date guide on market trends should you need a better understanding of the market

Please contact us for further assistance with your property search; we are always delighted to help.

At Bernard Gordon, we don’t just offer religious & community properties for sale. We are experts across the commercial property market. Browse our other properties available for sale and to let:

Property Use Class E
Property Use Class F1
Property Use F2 & Specialist Uses
Day Nursery
Health & Medical
Fitness Studio
Primary/Secondary School
SEND School
Tuition & Training

Ben G

Agency Manager

For more information on religious & community sites for sale, contact us today!