Unoccupied places of worship become vulnerable to damage. There is a greater risk of theft, malicious damage, fire and water damage as well as squatters breaking in.
You can take some simple steps to help prevent this damage by ensuring that the building continues to be well maintained and secure.
The following actions should always be taken:
In addition to preventing damage to the property you need to reduce the risk of injury to third parties. It is important to check whether there are any broken or weak walls, piles of rubble, rubbish or glass or any protruding nails or jagged edges. You will also need to consider the potential risk of any objects falling from roofs or other overhead structures and how easy it is to access any roofs.
If it comes to your attention that you do have an issue with squatters, or unauthorised access to the premises – seek legal advice as soon as possible.