1. The most accurate property valuation

We can offer our clients a free, no obligation market appraisal and advise you on how to let your property quickly and at the best possible price. Our valuations are always based off current market conditions and demands, key factors into account such as parking, local amenities, transport links etc. Contact Gallery Properties.

2. Appoint Gallery Properties as your commercial letting agent

By appointing The Gallery Properties, we guarantee:

  • The best service available 24/7
  • No let no fee
  • Very competitive commission rate

3. Marketing your property

Once you appoint The Gallery Properties we will act immediately to prepare the property particulars and take photographs in preparation for marketing your property. To increase exposure of your property we will:

Order and fit ‘For Rent’ signboards. We know from experience that signboard outside commercial property is still one of the best ways to increase local awareness and attention.

We will prepare detailed plans of the development or property, floor plans etc

We will instantly contact active tenants looking for commercial properties like yours through our property alert service.

Your property will be featured on our website and leading property portals such as Zoopla and Prime Location. Your property will also appear in local newspapers.

We carry out networking and direct marketing to make sure that your property gets maximum exposure.

All this at no up-front cost and no let no fee basis.

Contact us on 01386-443-597

4. Preparing property information for tenants

To ensure a quick letting transaction we ask Landlords to prepare a comprehensive pack of documents relating to the property for potential tenants to review. Although it is not compulsory to provide this information, if it is available it should be provided to the tenant on their request. Providing this information could result in reduced legal fees by negating requests from tenant’s solicitors seeking the information or simply help let your property quicker.

  • Planning permissions, lawful use certificates and Use Classes
  • Commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Tenants will request to see this information and it is the landlords’ duty to provide an up-to-date EPC when asked.
  • Business rates and reliefs - this is a tenant’s responsibility to pay however information should be provided if it is available
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax on leases - this is the tenant’s responsibility to pay, however information should be provided if available
  • Local searches, this is the responsibility of the tenant, however if you have valid and current searches available, this information could be made available to the tenant.
  1. Topographical survey
  2. Asbestos survey
  3. Ordnance survey
  4. Environmental report
  5. Site/ground investigation report.

5. Commercial property use class

As defined by part of the UK Statutory Instrument 1987 No. 764, The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 which determines what business can use the property. It is important to provide us and any prospective tenant with all the use classes your commercial property allows - especially if your property already has planning permission to permit a different business use on the premises. The more use classes the property has the wider the range of tenants it will appeal to.

Commercial property and use class.

Table 1: Commercial property and use class. Publicly available information from the Open Government License (Updated 17 Oct 2011)

A1: Shops

Shops, retail warehouses, hairdressers, undertakers, travel and ticket agencies, post office (not sorting offices), pet shops, sandwich bars, showrooms, domestic hire shops, dry cleaners, funeral directors and Internet cafes

A2: Financial and Professional Services

Financial Services such as banks and building societies, professional services (other than health)

A3: Restaurants and Cafes

For the sale of food and drink for consumption on the premises – restaurants, snack bars and cafes

A4: Drinking Establishments

Public houses, Wine bars or Other drinking establishments (but not night clubs).

A5: Hot Food Takeaways

For the sale of hot food for consumption off the premises

B1: Businesses

Offices (other than those fall within A2 use), Research and development of products and processes, Light industry appropriate in a residential area

B2: General Industrial

Use for industrial process other than those fall within class B1 (excluding incineration purposes, chemical treatment or landfill or hazardous waste)

B8: Storage or Distribution

Including open-air storage.

C1: Hotels

Hotels, boarding and guesthouses where no significant element of care is provided (excludes hostels).

C2: Residential Institutions

Residential care homes, hospitals, nursing homes, boarding schools, residential colleges and training centres.

C2A: Secure Residential Institutions

Use for a provision of secure residential accommodation, including use as a prison, young offenders institution, detention centre, secure training centre, custody centre, short term holding centre, secure hospital, secure local authority accommodation or use as a military barracks.

C3: Dwelling Houses

This class is formed of 3 parts:

C3(a) covers use by a single person or a family (a couple whether married or not, a person related to one another with members of the family of one of the couple to be treated as members of the family of the other), an employer and certain domestic employees (such as an au pair, nanny, nurse, governess, servant, chauffeur, gardener, secretary and personal assistant), a carer and the person receiving the care and a foster parent and foster child.

C3(b): up to six people living together as a single household and receiving care e.g. supported housing schemes such as those for people with learning disabilities or mental health problems.

C3(c) allows for groups of people (up to six) living together as a single household. This allows for those groupings that do not fall within the C4 HMO definition, but which fell within the previous C3 use class, to be provided for i.e. a small religious community may fall into this section as could a homeowner who is living with a lodger.

C4: Houses in Multiple Occupation

Small shared dwelling houses occupied by between three and six unrelated individuals, as their only or main residence, who share basic amenities such as a kitchen or bathroom.

D1: Non-Residential Institutions

Clinics, health centres, crèches, day nurseries, day centres, schools, art galleries (other than for sale or hire), museums, libraries, halls, places of worship, church halls, law court. Non-residential education and training centres.

D2: Assembly and Leisure

Cinemas, music and concert halls, bingo and dance halls (but not night clubs), swimming baths, skating rinks, gymnasiums or area for indoor or outdoor sports and recreations (except for motor sports, or where firearms are used).

Sui Generis

Certain uses do not fall within any use class and are considered ‘sui generis’. Such uses include: theatres, houses in multiple occupation, hostels providing no significant element of care, scrap yards. Petrol filling stations and shops selling and/or displaying motor vehicles. Retail warehouse clubs, nightclubs, launderettes, taxi businesses, amusement centres and casinos.

Commercial property use class types that can be changed to accommodate other use class types without the need for the landlord to apply for planning permission.

Table 2: Commercial property use class types that can be changed to accommodate other use class types without the need for the landlord to apply for planning permission. Publically available information from the Open Government License (Updated 17 Oct 2011)



A2: Financial and Professional Services (When properties have a display window at ground level)

A1: Shops

A3: Restaurant and Cafes

A1: Shops
A2: Financial and Professional Services

A4: Drinking Establishments

A1: Shops
A2: Financial and Professional Services
A3: Restaurants and Cafes

A5: Hot Takeaways

A1: Shops
A2: Financial and Professional Services
A3: Restaurants and Cafes

B1: Businesses (less than 235 sq. m of floor space)

B8: Storage and Distribution

B2: General Industrial

B1: Businesses

B2: General Industrial (less than 235 sq. m of floor space)

B8: Storage and Distribution

B8: Storage and Distribution (less than 235 sq. m of floor space)

B1: Businesses

C4: Houses in Multiple Location

C3: Dwelling Houses


D2: Assembly and Leisure

6. Health and safety for tenants

It is the responsibility of the Landlord to ensure the property is safe and meets legal health and safety standards before it’s let. Health and Safety responsibilities include:

Electrical equipment checks

Gas safety

Fire alarms

7. Negotiation’s and preparing lease agreement

We will contact you to communicate the full details of the offer received along with any special conditions to help you decide whether or not to accept. There is no obligation to accept the first offer you receive. However, once you have decided to accept an offer, a draft lease or license agreement will be prepared for both parties to approve the nature of the agreement, rental price, terms and proposed timeline of the lease term.

8. Schedule of condition (photographic inventory)

A Schedule of Condition report details the exact condition of the property on the day the tenant moves into it. This entails detailed photographic images that are attached to the lease and acknowledged by both the landlord and tenant. If the property is a new building there is little requirement for the schedule of condition report, for all other properties the schedule of condition can be highly beneficial to protect the tenant and the landlord on expiration of the lease. Since the tenant is obligated to hand the property back to the landlord in good order, fair wear and tear accepted – the schedule of condition report will protect the tenant if the landlord is being unreasonable about releasing the deposit, but it will also protect the landlord if there are unexpected decoration costs or loss of rent while the landlord makes good the premises for re-letting after the tenancy expires.

9. Exchange of contracts

Once both the tenant and the landlord are content with the contract and the required funds have been transferred and accepted by the landlord – the property is let.

10. Property management

Managing tenants and property during the lease term can be time consuming. The Gallery Properties property management services include rent reviews, lease renewals, day-to-day management of maintenance issues, dilapidation concerns and many more services. Contact us on 01386-443-597 I’m sure we can help You. 

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