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General Needs FAQs

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  • How are homes allocated?

    Our general needs properties are allocated by local councils as Rosebery do not have a direct waiting list for properties. When a general needs property becomes available to rent, we’ll receive a nomination from your local council. If you wish to live in one of our general needs properties, please contact one of the following local councils:

  • Where can I pay my rent?

    You can pay your rent online via the Allpay website or visit our My Rent section to find out alternative ways to pay.

    To pay your rent online via the Allpay site, you will need your 19 digit rent card number and a debit/credit card to pay.

  • I would like to make some improvements to my home – am I allowed to do this?

    You will need to contact Rosebery and state what improvements you are proposing to make to your home. If any of the changes make your home unsafe, reduce the standard or value of your home or affect your neighbours or community, your request will be denied. You can fill out the following form below or email neighbourhood@rosebery.org.uk with the full details of the proposed changes.

    Changes to my Home

  • I have a disability/medical condition – can I adapt my home?

    Rosebery can offer assistance in helping make your home more suitable for your needs. This can range from minor adaptations such as handrails to major works to the property (i.e. wet-room installaion, ramps).

    For more minor adaptations (i.e. installing hand-rails in your home), we can arrange for a trusted assessor to visit your home and discuss if a minor adapatation can be agreed for your property.

    For major adaptations, you will need to visit your GP to get a occupational therapist referral. They will make an initial assessments and any recommendations will be referred to Rosebery.

  • Do I need contents insurance?

    Yes, we recommend that residents take out contents insurance in order to protect your belongings from theft, fire, flood or damage. Please note that Rosebery do not offer compensation for items in your home that have been damaged which should have been covered by contents insurance.

    We can help residents obtain home insurance with Crystal by Thistle Tenant Risk. Details of the coverage includes:

    • Coverage if you damage a ceramic sink or break a window that you’re responsible for
    • No requirement to pay any excess
    • No increase on your premium if you make a claim
    • Options to pay fortnightly/monthly/yearly, by cash/cheque/direct debit
    • No tie in to a yearly contract, the cover is on a pay as you go basis

    To contact Crystal Insurance about a new contents insurance quote, please email crystal@thistleinsurance.co.uk, visit their website or call 0345 450 7286.

  • I would like to put up a TV aerial or Sky dish – can I do this?

    Most of our flats have a shared digital TV aerial and some of the newer ones also have a Sky TV connection. You won’t be allowed to put up any additional aerials or satellite dishes if you live in a flat or maisonette.

    If you live in a house, it’s important that you get our written permission first before putting up any TV aerials. Some of our properties are listed buildings and may need planning permission first. You’ll be responsible for looking after any aerials that you choose to put up. Please email the Neighbourhood Team for more information.

  • I would like to keep a pet – can I do this?

    You will need to write to us if you wish to keep a pet in your property. If you have your own garden and private entrance we’ll usually let you keep a pet but you’ll need to ask us first. We’ll only let you keep smaller pets like fish or birds if you live in a flat. You must make sure your pets don’t cause a nuisance or disturb your neighbours. Please contact neighbourhood@rosebery.org.uk or talk to us via live chat.

  • I would like to work from home – can I do this?

    If you decide to work from home, you’ll need to get in touch with us first. We’ll need to check that the job you want to do doesn’t break any conditions of your tenancy or cause problems with your neighbours. Depending on the type of job you want to do, you may need permission from the local authority or similar organisations. Please contact neighbourhood@rosebery.org.uk or talk to us via live chat.

  • I have a problem with pests – can Rosebery help?

    If there are pests in the communal areas of your building, please report this to Rosebery:

    Reporting pests

    If there are pests inside your property, then it is a resident’s responsibility. If you have a pest problem, you can contact your local councils Environment Health Officer for advice and they may be able to assist households on low incomes with treatment options.

  • I would like to report anti-social behaviour (ASB) - how do I do this?

    Please visit our Anti-Social Behaviour page in My Neighbourhood to read our advice on ASB and report ASB incidents to our Neighbourhood Team.

  • I would like to move home – what are my options?

    If you are a general needs resident, you can move house via mutual exchange or internal transfer.

    The quickest way to move is through mutual exchange. We work with two mutual exchange sites including Homeswapper and Movemaker. You can sign up for FREE on both sites, add your property requirements and swap homes with someone else.

    For an internal transfer, you will be assessed by Rosebery if you wish to be placed on our transfer list and will be assigned on a points-based system.

    You can read more about mutual exchange and internal transfers on our Moving Home factsheet.

  • I would like to move into a Housing for Older people scheme – how do I do this?

    If you are already in a Rosebery property and would like to move to one of our Housing for Older people schemes, you will need to speak to your Neighbourhood Officer who can talk through your options. If you are not living in a Rosebery property, you will need to apply directly through Epsom and Ewell Borough council.

    Rosebery have three Housing for Older people schemes situated in Epsom and Ewell – John Gale Court, Norman Colyer Court and Tomlin Court.

    Please visit our Housing for Older people FAQs page for more details.

  • I would like to end my tenancy – how do I do this?

    You must give us 28 days notice in writing if you wish to end your tenancy. Rosebery will arrange for a new resident to move into the property and may wish to arrange a viewing.

    Your Neighbourhood Officer will inspect your property to make sure it is in a good condition. All of your furniture, carpets and belongings must be removed unless we’ve agreed otherwise and the property must be left clean and tidy once you leave the property.

    If you are in rent arrears and cannot clear your rent account, you must speak to your Neighbourhood Officer.

  • A resident has passed away – what happens next?

    If one of our residents passes away, we’ll offer as much advice as we can to their next of kin. Please let us know straight away if someone close to you has died. We understand that this is a difficult time, and we’re here to help. We’ll be able to deal with any questions you might have about their tenancy and home.

    If you are a spouse, partner or close family member, you may be able to take over the tenancy if you have been living with them for 12 months or longer. If there is no next of kin, we will contact the public trustee.

  • Can I have a lodger?

    You are allowed to have a lodger in your home as long as your home does not become overcrowded. You must let us know in writing the name of your lodger, age, gender and how much you are charging to rent a room as the amount cannot be more than the rent we charge you.

  • Can I sub-let my home?

    You can only sub-let your home if you are a shared owner or a leaseholder.

  • I would like to add a partner to my tenancy – how do I do this?

    If you have a sole tenancy and you want to add another adult, you will need to send us their details in writing. You’ll need to include proof that they have been living at your address for at least one year and that it has been their main home. We won’t be able to make this change if:

    • You’ve missed rent payments
    • You’ve broken the rules of your tenancy agreement
    • The property isn’t big enough
    • The person you want to add to your tenancy already owns their own home or has another tenancy
    • They owe money to us or another social landlord or have been evicted in the past

    If you would like to add a partner to your tenancy, please contact the Customer Experience Team.

  • I would like to remove a person from a joint tenancy - how do I do this?

    If joint tenants decide they don’t want to live together, they need to agree who stays in the property and becomes the sole tenant. If you can’t agree, you’ll need to apply to court for a decision to be made. The type of tenancy you have may also affect whether you can add someone. Rosebery will only change a joint tenancy to a sole tenancy if:

    • Both residents have agreed to the change
    • The person leaving their home tells us in writing that they are giving up the tenancy. They’ll need to get legal advice to help them with this and send a formal ‘notice to quit’.
    • There is a court order

    The type of tenancy you have can affect how you how you change from a joint to sole tenancy. If you would like to remove a person from a joint tenancy, please contact the Customer Experience Team.

  • Do I have the Right to Buy or Right to Acquire?

    Please visit our Owning Your Own Home page for further details on Right to Buy or Right to Acquire.

  • I would like to rent a garage – can I do this?

    Yes – we do have garages to rent in the Epsom and Ewell area. If you are a resident, you can rent a garage from us at a discounted rate. However, if you are in rent arrears, you cannot rent a garage until your debts have been cleared. To rent a garage, please fill out the following form. If we have no garages available to rent, you will be placed in a waiting list. Please complete the form below to register your interest:

    Rent a garage

     

  • I will be leaving my home for a short period - what do I need to do?

    If you are going away for more than 28 days, you must inform Rosebery to let us know where you are going, how long you expect to be away and if someone will be in your property whilst you are away.

    Please note you must continue to pay your rent whilst you are away.

  • Who is my Neighbourhood Officer?

    We have five Neighbourhood Officers who look after our homes:

    • Andrew Lorimer
    • Vicki Scruton
    • Stephen Marsh
    • Susan Ellis
    • Rossi Raffa

    To contact a Neighbourhood Officer, please email neighbourhood@rosebery.org.uk

  • What is Right to Buy?

    If you became a resident of Epsom and Ewell Borough Council before their housing was transferred to us in 1994, you may have the right to buy your home. To find out whether you qualify for this right, please get in touch with us and we will let you know.

    If you’re a housing association resident currently not eligible for Right to Buy, you can get updates on changes that might affect you by signing up here to the official Right to Buy Housing Association Register.

  • What is Right to Acquire?

    There is strict criteria about who is eligible for this. We can tell you if your home meets this criteria, so if you would like to request further information, please get in touch with our Neighbourhood Team via email at neighbourhood@rosebery.org.uk or talk to us via live chat.

Rosebery Housing Association Limited is a charitable registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. Registered No. IP27671R. Registered Provider LH4026.