Planned Maintenance

Maintaining Church Property is good stewardship of the inheritance from previous generations.  Regular planned maintenance is essential.  Particular attention should be given to keeping premises dry.  Good roofing, clear gutters and drains will avoid many other potential problems.

Condensation can be avoided by ensuring adequate ventilation.

Planned maintenance should include and look beyond spring and autumnal cleaning and plan for longer term maintenance and replacements.

Download: View Synod Guidance on Planned Maintenance

Download: Property Health and Safety - Operating Manual

Download: Care and Disposal of Church Furnishings and Contents - Principles and Action checklist

Download: Maintaining Portable Electric Equipment in low-risk Environments

Further guidance can be obtained from the PLATO handbook

PLATO

Website: PLATO Handbook

The PLATO Group comprises finance, property and trust  officers from each Synod. Their combined experience is shared and results in good advice being made available to chruches through the Plato Website, which is part of the URC national website.

 

Manse Lettings

When a church has an empty manse, cottage or other church house consideration should be given to letting it. This has the advantages of keeping the property in use and achieving the rental income.

Please take advice from the Resources Officer before putting the property in the hands of a letting agent. 

Download: Further advice is available from Manse Letting Step by Step guide

You should pass a Church Meeting resolution and obtain the agreement of the Area Advocate before contacting the Synod Resources Officer.

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