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Renting a Studio

Studios are let to artists registered on Acme's studio waiting list.

If you take up the offer of a studio you will be occupying the space on a tenancy which is controlled by Landlord and Tenant legislation. Your tenancy agreement will indicate how long the studio will be available to you - normally until the end of our lease on a building or, if we own the building, not usually for less than five years. The tenancy will exclude the security of tenure provisions contained in Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 and so you will not have any right to a new tenancy or to compensation at the end of the term.

We want to be as flexible as possible in responding to artists' needs and changing circumstances. If you wanted to leave the studio you would only need to give us two months' notice, at any time, after the first three months.

Rent and Charges
The tenancy agreement will indicate the rent and electricity you will pay and when the rent will be reviewed. The rents listed under each studio building are fully inclusive with the exception of electricity which is individually metered. Rents are reviewed on 1st April every other year. Payment of rent is on the 1st of each month in advance and you will be asked to pay a deposit equal to one month's rent which will be returned to you when you leave. There is an initial administration charge of £100.

You will only be able to use the studio as a non-commercial fine artists' studio and not for storage or other purposes. We have a responsibility to ensure that maximum use is made of low-cost studio space by bona fide artists who are in genuine need. Notice will be given to any artist who is in breach of this condition. All our studios permit 24 hour access.

Your tenancy will not allow you to sub-let your studio - it is for your personal use only. However we recognise that artists may be offered opportunities, such as scholarships or commissions abroad, but do not want to give up their spaces. Under such exceptional circumstances we will consider requests from artists to under-let their studios for periods of six to twelve months to artists who are registered on our waiting list.

Your tenancy will not allow you to share your studio. If, when you register with Acme, you wish to share with a particular artist, you will both need to register and when you occupy, it will be on a 'joint tenancy'. If you wish to share subsequently, your tenancy will be brought to an end and a joint tenancy will be issued. The artist with whom you intend to share must be registered on our waiting list.

Income declaration
If you are offered a studio in a new development we will require you to sign a declaration confirming that currently your annual income after tax (averaged over the last three years) is below £15,000. This is not intended to exclude any artists working part-time in other and/or related professions. We anticipate that the incomes of most artists registered with Acme will fall below this amount.

Artist Poppy Whatmore in her studio at Harrow Road. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (2011)

Artist Poppy Whatmore in her studio at Harrow Road. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (2011)

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