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Housing - Sheltered Schemes (Management)

Umbrella org:
Wandsworth Council
Area serviced:
Local
Telephone:
020 8871 8198
Sector:
Statutory

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Advice for people with housing enquiries.For example,if they are moving property,are waiting to be allocated a local authority property or feel that they are living in sub-standard accomodation.
Sheltered Housing is often called retirement housing or warden-assisted housing. There are many different types of sheltered or retirement housing to rent or buy. Schemes usually consist of between 15 and 40 dwellings which may be bed sitting rooms or studios, one or two bed roomed flats, bungalows or luxury apartments.
Sheltered Housing is often called retirement housing schemes, both to rent and to buy. Prices and types of houses vary enormously. A small second-hand flat can be found for £100,000 in some parts of the country. Brand new properties cost more. Once all the properties in a new sheltered or retirement housing scheme have been sold the ongoing management of the scheme is usually transferred to a management company, which may be either commercial or non-profit making. The scheme manager and other services are paid through a service charge, ranging from a few pounds a week in a scheme with no manager to £100 or more a week if meals and extra amenities are provided. However in the majority of ordinary sheltered or retirement schemes the charge is in the range of £20-40 a week. In addition you will have to pay ground rent which could vary from £50 a year to £300 or more, council tax, water charges, contents insurance, telephone & fuel bills.