Town Centre Apartments DUC has 19 self-contained unfurnished apartments in Victoria Road; one is 2 bedroom, the remainder one bedroom. Residents have the use of two adjacent communal laundry and drying facilities. Due to the nature of the building, the apartments are not accessible to people who need level access. The DUC provide a part-time scheme warden to manage the premises and assist residents (no personal care is provided). Residents of flats are provided with a personal emergency call system. Family Houses DUC have 4 unfurnished family houses in Townstal (2-bed and 3-bed) with outside space for their occupants’ use. The low costs enable families to save for a deposit for their next home.
Occupancy status A resident of an almshouse charity is a beneficiary of the charity, not a tenant. This means that a resident has no legal interest in the almshouse accommodation which is allocated to him/her, but occupies it simply with the permission of the Trustees, who have the legal rights of owners. Costs Residents pay a ‘Monthly Maintenance Contribution’ to the DUC, towards accommodation, TV, insurance and fire protection services. All Residents pay their own utility, telephone and Council Tax charges, plus any internal redecoration of their homes. The DUC is responsible for all the external maintenance and some repairs to its buildings, including any communal areas.
Guest Accommodation There is a small ‘Guest Suite’ in Victoria Road available for the short-stay visits of family/friends of Victoria Road residents. This can be booked through the office for a modest nightly charge and is offered to those in the greatest need first.