UK Charity Shops



Conversations we all wish had never happened

We have have been talking to landlords and estate agents for ten years. We have had thousand of conversations resulting in our securing over 200 charity shops.

The following conversations are examples of the most common form these take

 

1) The Agents and The Squatters

2) The Imminent Deal that never quite happens

3) The Way it Could Be

1) The Agents and The Squatters


Week One

Relief Fund: “ Hi there We’ve seen your empty shop in X St. Is there any chance we can have it as a short term charity shop. We can take immediate occupation. This will secure it from squatters and help you with viewings etc”


Agent:: [Stifled Yawn]. “Thanks but no, I don’t think so. The shop is secure. We’ve got a lot of interest… If you want to bother, email me a request and I’ll put it to my clients”


Week Two

Relief Fund: “Hi there did you get our email? Any response from your client”?

Agent: “Er no not yet. I’ll remind them. [Obviously hasn’t forwarded it to client]. But it’s almost under offer…

…yes it might take a few weeks for the deal to be agreed but everyone’s very keen so no there’s no 1 month window for you to get in and save my clients money on the rates…”

Week Three

Relief Fund: “ Hi there. Any news”

Agent: “Oh I’m glad you called. The shop has been squatted. It seems it’s going to take a couple of weeks to kick them out. Would you be interested in going in at 6 am with the bailiffs and taking occupation?

Relief Fund: [Stifled Yawn]“ Yes no problem Just tell us when.


2) The Imminent Deal that never quite happens


Week One

Relief Fund:“ Hi there We’ve seen your empty shop in X St. Is there any chance we can have it as a short term charity shop? We can take immediate occupation. This will secure it from squatters and help you with viewings. yada yada”

Agent or Landlord: “No there’s a lot of interest… it’s just gone under offer. It’ll be done and dusted within a couple of weeks”.


Week Four

Relief Fund: “Hi there. We spoke about the shop a few weeks ago. Has the deal gone through yet?”

Agent or Landlord: “No not yet. But everything’s going ahead. It’ll be done and dusted within a couple of weeks”.

Week Eight

Relief Fund: “Hi there. We spoke about the shop a few weeks ago. Has the deal gone through yet?

Agent or Landlord: “No not yet. But everything’s going ahead. It’ll be done and dusted within a couple of weeks”.


Week Sixteen

Relief Fund: “Hi there. We spoke about the shop a few weeks ago. Has the deal gone through yet?

Agent or Landlord: “No not yet. But everything’s going ahead. It’ll be done and dusted within a couple of weeks. They’re getting planning permission… No there’s no window for you to occupy on 48 hours notice and break our rates liability. The planning will be dealt with very quickly”.

Week Twenty

Relief Fund “Hi there. We spoke about the shop a few weeks ago. Has the deal gone through yet?

Agent or Landlord “No not yet. But everything’s going ahead. It’ll be done and dusted within a couple of weeks”.

Week Twenty-Four

Same as above. This time with feeling.

Week Thirty

Relief Fund: “Hi there. We spoke about the shop a few weeks ago. Has the deal gone through yet?

Agent or Landlord: “No the prospective tenant has changed their minds / couldn’t get planning [delete as appropriate].

…. Either “You can have the shop as it’s costing us a few thousand pa for the empty rates… shame we didn’t put you in at the outset as it would have saved us £5000…"

Or “There’s another party interested…" [cycle starts again].

If they’re lucky the shop is let NINE months after the first conversation. Whether or not the landlord was ever made aware of the money saving opportunity remains a mystery.

 

 

3) The Way it Could Be

Week One

Relief Fund: “ Hi there We’ve seen your empty shop in X St. Is there any chance we can have it as a short term charity shop. We can take immediate occupation. This will secure it from squatters and help you with viewings etc”


Agent / Landlord: “ Mmm... that might be quite interesting. It’s under offer but it might take a few weeks to go through…

”Meanwhile we don't want to pay through the nose for an underpaid security guard to sit watching TV for several weeks - to hopefully keep squatters out.

“Can you really take occupation quickly?”


Relief Fund:
“Yes we can occupy today if you want. Do you think we’ll have it for longer than one month?

Agent / Landlord: “Yes I expect so. But if it’s sooner that’s your risk OK? You’ll move out without squawking?”

Relief Fund: “ Yes. All you need do is give us 48 hours notice. No squawking.”

Agent / Landlord: “And you really can move out very quickly? Have you got references to that effect?”

Relief Fund: “Yep: Here they are”

A day later


Agent / Landlord:
“ Thanks. Your references have checked out OK. In fact they speak quite highly of you. Send me over your signed agreement and then call me for the keys”

Relief Fund: “ Yesiree boss”

Six weeks later

Agent / Landlord: “ Sorry but we’re going to have to give you notice. In fact is there anyway you can leave tomorrow?”

Relief Fund: “ No problems. Luckily we can leave tomorrow… Do you really want us to give the keys to the incoming tenants? If so they will need to have ID...

"We will inform all the services and rate dept of our vacation.

Thank you