A LANDLORD is getting into the Christmas spirit by agreeing to a temporary let to a charity for the next six months.
BETEL of Britain is leasing the commercial property on Fore Street in Hexham, at a reduced rate for a six-month period until a permanent tenant can be found.
The not-for-profit Christian organisation works with homeless and long-term unemployed people to try to help them live healthy, independent lifestyle and to teach them life and employment skills while building a strong work ethic.
It will run the property as a charity shop to bring funds into the organisation.
Chartered surveyor Bradley Hall, which has offices in Newcastle, Gosforth and Durham, acted on behalf of the landlord.
Director Neil Hart said: “This is a fantastic deal for both parties, just in time for Christmas. It gives Betel a new store in Hexham.
“It keeps the property in use and generating rent for the landlord.
“The premises comprises of a ground floor retail unit and upper floor storage, stock room and staff room covering a total of 1659.8sq ft.
“The property is situated in the popular town centre of Hexham, next to other retail properties such as Waterstones and Clinton Cards.”