Guide

Selling a property

If you are looking to sell part of your premises e.g. a strip of land adjoining the chapel, or want to sell the whole property, it is strongly recommended that you contact the legal office of Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes at the earliest possible stage.  They will be able to give guidance relating to the sale, inform you of what documentation they will need to see and the process which needs to be followed to finalise the legal documentation.

More detailed legal information about selling your property can be found on the TMCP sales section

Creating a new project to sell part of your premises e.g. a strip of land

Click on the Add New Project button and this will display a form requesting some basic preliminary details which need to be completed, before you can create your project record.  As you complete some of this information, additional questions will appear to guide you through.

Click on Select Trustees and select the managing trustees you are representing.  Enter a project name to identify your project e.g. 'Sale of strip of land adjoining Trinity Methodist Church' and then enter a project description to provide further details of what the proposal entails.

Next you will need to click on Add Activity and then select Sale to show that you are proposing to sell property.  In the description of the Project Activity, you can add a concise note to identify what is being sold.  

Then you can select which property will be involved in this sale.  If the managing trustees are Trinity Methodist Church and are looking to sell a strip of land adjoining the chapel, you will need to select the property that is the chapel.  Another question will now appear asking whether the whole property selected, or only part of the property selected is to be sold.  In this example, as a strip of land is being sold (rather than the whole property) you will need to click on Part.  

You will now see two boxes which will identify the part of the property affected that is to be sold e.g. 'Part of – Trinity, High Street - To be sold' and the part of the property remaining that will not be sold as part of the sale e.g. 'Trinity, High Street'.  In this case you can update the Part Affected name to more accurately represent what part is being sold e.g. 'Strip of land adjoining chapel'.  The remaining part does not need to be updated but sometimes it might be helpful to do so – a different example relating to the sale of a chapel where the graveyard is not sold, would require the site names to be updated to show the Part Affected as 'Trinity Chapel, High Street' and Remaining Part as 'Graveyard adjoining Trinity Chapel'.

Once all of the details have been entered, click on the Create New Project button at the bottom of the form.  The project record will now be created, with a unique project ID reference and will be linked to the part of the property affected.  You can now continue entering further information into the project record for this proposed sale.

Create a new project to sell the whole site e.g. chapel and land, or a manse

Click on the Add New Project button and this will display a form requesting some basic preliminary details which need to be completed, before you can create your project record.  As you complete some of this information, additional questions will appear to guide you through.

Click on Select Trustees and select the managing trustees who are currently managing this property.  Please note that if a manse is to be sold, these properties are associated with Circuit Trustees, rather than managing trustees of a church.

Enter a project name to identify your project e.g. 'Sale of Trinity Methodist Chapel' and then enter a project description to provide further details of what the proposal entails.

Next you will need to click on Add Activity and then select Sale to show that you are proposing to sell property.  In the description of the Project Activity, you can add a concise note to identify what is being sold.  

Then you can select which property will be involved in this sale.  If the managing trustees are Trinity Methodist Church and they are looking to sell the whole property, you will need to select the property that is the chapel.  Another question will now appear asking whether the whole property selected, or only part of the property affected is to be sold.  In this example, as the whole site is to be sold you will need to click on Whole.  

Once all of the details have been entered, click on the Create New Project button at the bottom of the form.  The project record will now be created, with a unique project ID reference and will be linked to the whole property affected.  You can now continue entering further information on to the project record for this sale.  

Completing the project record for a sale

When your project record opens for the first time, you will see Step 1 Complete Required Information is highlighted.  Hovering over this first step will show what areas need to be completed.

For a sale, you will see the Project Summary tab, Project Purpose tab and the Sale tab have been activated.  You will need to complete the required information on each of these tabs to resolve the outstanding issues shown at the top of each tab.  

On the Project Purpose tab some of these questions may not be entirely relevant for a sale and in some cases you may need to enter 'not applicable' in the boxes and click the Save button.

By clicking on the Sales tab, you will see that information about the proposed sale will need to be completed and the qualified surveyors report will need to be sent to TMCP.  You will need to work down through the Sales tab entering the required information.  After entering information and clicking the Save button, any required questions which have not been completed will be highlighted.  On the Sales tab you will need to enter details of your solicitor, surveyor, details of the valuation and date when the surveyors report was sent to TMCP.   The surveyors report needs to be obtained as this recommends the best course of action for the sale which is in the best interests of the charity.  This report needs to be sent to the legal office of TMCP.

After a qualified surveyors report has been obtained and sent to TMCP, an outstanding issue will be displayed to show that the surveyors report has not yet been checked.  This means TMCP may have received the surveyors report, but not yet commented on it.  

Once Final Consent has been given by the District Consent Giving Body the property can be advertised for sale and once a purchaser is found, TMCP will need to be contacted to finalise the legal documentation.

If you require further guidance about selling property please see the section on Selling a Property on the TMCP Website

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