The Government recently announced a plan to offer Covid vaccinations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Aside from supplying the vaccine, the NHS also needs to set up a network of vaccination centres – perhaps as many as 2,700 across the country. Whilst some of these will undoubtedly be hospital based, a significant proportion will not. Asda, for example, became the first supermarket to operate a vaccination centre, starting from 25 January.
In May 2020 the British Property Federation issued a standard template licence for the NHS to occupy commercial premises. At the time the NHS was experiencing pressure on medical and storage facilities. The intention behind the template was to give owners of commercial properties a tool to provide unutilised commercial spaces quickly and efficiently to the NHS. That need remains, but there is now the added dimension of the roll out of vaccination centres.
The licence is intended to offer balanced and commercially appropriate terms that allow landowners to donate spaces on a short-term basis. The template assumes a rent-free occupation, and includes:
The licence can be tailored to apply to either an entire building or a part, such as an empty unit within a shopping centre.
When issuing a licence, a landlord needs to keep in mind certain considerations, such as:
If you are unsure whether any of these considerations apply to you then get in touch with our team.