Almshouses are unfurnished dwellings, provided to help people in financial need. All applicants to DUC almshouses must have lived in the town of Dartmouth for at least the past 2 years or have strong links to the town but are unable to live here due to the high housing costs. All applicants must be of good character. We also ask that all applicants are registered with Devon Home Choice to evidence housing need within the area.
Town Centre Apartments DUC has 19 self-contained one bedroom unfurnished flats in Victoria Road suited to over 55s. Due to the age of the buildings, the flats are not accessible to people who need completely level access. The flats are decorated, carpeted and come with fitted cookers. Residents have the use of two adjacent communal laundry and drying facilities. 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 has 9 unfurnished family houses in Townstal (2-bed and 3-bed) which are offered neutrally decorated with floor coverings throughout. These are available to families with dependent children. The low costs enable families to save for their future housing needs and provides a stable, low cost home whilst raising a family.
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, insurance and fire protection services. The MMC for the flats also covers the costs of the scheme warden, heating and water. 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 en-suite guest room 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.
Vacancies Sorry there are no current vacancies For future vacancies please leave your name and contact details with us we can notify you of vacancies over the next 12 months. All vacancies are advertised widely in Dartmouth on social media and posters in town. We advise anyone who thinks they may be eligible for a DUC almshouse to also register withDevon Home Choice as this helps evidence the local housing need in Dartmouth. If you are at risk of being homeless please contact South Hams District Council