Almshouses fall outside the provisions of the Housing Act 1996. If you live in an almshouse, you are known as a resident or beneficiary of the charity rather than a tenant. You will sign a Letter of Appointment, not a Tenancy Agreement. Instead of paying rent, residents pay a Monthly Maintenance Charge. Residents are expected to live as part of the almshouse community, respecting the needs of their neighbours.
As residents do not have a security of tenure that a tenancy offers, the Trustees can in exceptional circumstances, as detailed below, ask you to find alternative accommodations and leave. In practice, this occurs very rarely when trustees believe that they have no other alternative.
Application form: Application Form 2019 (pdf)
- A resident is no longer able to look after themselves safely, or to live independently, even with the help of the Social Services or family support.
- A resident will not allow the charity, doctor, family or Social Services to assist them with living independently, or issues of a physical or mental incapacity impact significantly on the resident, and or other residents in the almshouse.
- A resident consistently fails to pay their weekly maintenance contributions (WMC) on a regular basis without good reason.
- A resident’s behaviour is deemed to be unreasonable and anti-social, either in respect of other residents or members of staff.
- A resident’s circumstances change significantly to the extent that they no longer qualify to live in the almshouses as a beneficiary.