Supported housing is accommodation for people who are aged 60 and over, who can live on their own but who would like to have support close by.
Each supported housing scheme has a supported housing officer (working five days a week) who runs the scheme and looks after the residents’ well being.
Some of these charges may not apply to you if you live in a dispersed scheme or bungalow, but still have a supported housing officer.
Window cleaning will be provided by an in-house team for 2019-20. The service will include all windows in the scheme. The windows will be cleaned at least six times a year. Any queries about this service can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The housing cleaning service visits supported housing schemes and cleans the communal areas on a regular basis. All sites should be left clean following each visit. Any queries about this service can be emailed to email@example.com.
If CCTV has been installed in a supported housing scheme there will be a service charge to cover the annual maintenance of the system. For some schemes, this is a new service so it will be an additional charge and will not have been on your annual rent letter in 2018-19.
If you live in a block with a lift then the largest item on your service charge bill will be lift maintenance and replacement. We will include an amount each week to cover the cost of replacing the lift when it reaches the end of its working life. This amount will be the same whether or not the lift is replaced while you live in the block.
This covers the electricity used for lighting in communal areas and what is used by the door entry system and lifts in your scheme, if you have them. This charge also covers the gas used for heating in communal areas. If your scheme has a laundry room, the cost of running the washing machines and dryers will also be included in this charge.
Some of our blocks have door entry systems that need annual maintenance and may need repairs from time to time. If you live in a block with a door entry system, the charge will cover any maintenance and repairs we have to carry out.
If you live in a sheltered scheme where you still pay your water charges to us, you may notice that there is a change in the amount that you are paying. This is because we have changed the way we calculate your payments from using the water rates (the amount that the water companies told us that you should pay) to using a metered amount. We have taken the metered amount for the whole scheme and shared this cost out between each property. The amount that you pay for any communal water (for example, laundry facilities and communal kitchens) is still included in your rent.