The Council offer different Tenancy Agreements. If you are not transferring from a secure council tenancy or an assured housing association tenancy or subject to a fix term tenancy, you will be offered an Introductory Tenancy.
An Introductory Tenancy is a tenancy that begins with a 12month trial period and is effective from the start date of your tenancy. During the first 12 months you will have fewer rights than secure tenant and will be required to demonstrate that you can successfully manage a tenancy. After the Introductory Tenancy period has expired, we will write to you to advise that your tenancy has changed to a (secure tenancy/fixed term tenancy delete as appropriate)
The purpose of an Introductory Tenancy is to ensure that tenants are following the terms of their tenancy agreements, so it is important that you keep a copy safe and you understand your agreement. Please let the Council know if you are unsure about anything or are having any difficulties. If you breach your agreement, action will be taken against you. If the breaches of the agreement are persistent and serious, the Council can extend your Introductory Tenancy or apply to the County Court to bring your tenancy to an end.
The Council offers support to tenants who may be suffering difficulties in their tenancy and will visit you a three times throughout the course of your Introductory Tenancy to ensure that all is well in your tenancy, to try and assist in resolving any issues that may have occurred but also to ensure that the tenancy agreement is being followed.
If you accept the offer of this tenancy you will be required to pay rent in advance upon signing for the property.
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Independent Living provides a supportive, secure environment for people who wish to live independently in the community and enables them to feel safe and supported, whilst having the opportunity to engage in activities if they wish to.
The schemes connsist of self contained unfurnished flats and bungalow, the Local Authority provide a high standard of accomodation and each scheme has a designated Independent Living Co-ordinator . Retirement Living schemes provide a high standard of accommodation. The Independent Living Service is divided into two teams; East and West. Both teams are led by an Independent Living Team Leader who will be supported by their team of Independent Living Co-ordinators (ILCs).
Some schemes have a communal lounge where activities take place, there are two activity co-ordinators who are engaging with residents to provide new activities where residents can socialise in their own environment.
Residents in Retirement Living accommodation can
Receive support and assistance
Receive referrals for extra support from appropriate agencies if required
Have access to a 24 hour alarm service for emergencies
Have opportunities to take part in a wide range of social activities
A Lifeline calling system linked to a 24 hour response centre, managed by a Lifeline Co-ordinator and staffed by trained operators who are available seven days a week
Convenient locations throughout the borough, which are close to social, transport and shopping facilities. Further details of schemes and their locations can be found on the Schemes in the Borough page
Personalised Independent Plans (I-Plans) which will enable Independent Living Co-ordinators to support you in maintaining your independence
No Fees required
No Deposit required
Retirement Living accommodation is available for single people or couples who meet the following criteria
You must be at least 60 years old or above for ‘A’ Scheme accommodation
You must be at least 55 years old or above for ‘B’ Scheme accommodation
You must be in need of the support offered in Retirement Living accommodation because;
You are frail because of ill health
You have health problems that mean you need support
You have a hearing or sight problem that affects your day to day activities
You have issues relating to safety and security which affect your day to day activities
You have a poor quality of life due to isolation and need to move nearer to family or friends who can provide support
You require the support and community feeling of Retirement Living accommodation due to your age
Applying for Retirement Living Accommodation
If you are interested in applying for Retirement Living accommodation you should contact your Local Council Housing Options Team who will advise on the application process and discuss your requirements.