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We encourage applications from single people and from couples for almshouse accommodation. All of our properties are suitable for single people or for couples, with the exception of Reeves House which is for couples only.
To qualify for accommodation provided by the Richard Watts Charities you must be able to demonstrate that you are:
1. Living in ME1 or ME2 postcode areas at the time of application
2. In need of our help, predominantly financial help
3. In reasonable health
4. Able to look after yourself
5. Aged 65 or over and no longer able to work
Alternatively you wish to return to Rochester to be closer to friends and/or family - all other criteria 2-5 apply.
All suitable applicants will be visited and interviewed by two Watts Trustees before a final decision can be made.
All almshouse residents benefit from 24 hour cover provided by a team of wardens. The cover provided does not include medical or personal care but is a supportive and a much appreciated service.
Terms of occupancy of Richard Watts Charities’ almshouse accommodation
Residents occupy the almshouses as beneficiaries of the Charities. This means that they are not tenants with the security of tenure that a tenancy offers and that in exceptional circumstances the trustees could ask them to find alternative accommodation and leave. In practice, this occurs very rarely and only when Watts Trustees believe that they have no alternative.
Examples of such circumstances are if:
A resident was no longer able to look after themselves safely or to live independently, even with the help of the social services or family support
The resident consistently failed to pay weekly maintenance contributions (WMC) on a regular basis without good reason.
The resident’s or their visitor’s behaviour was deemed to be unreasonable and anti-social, either in respect of other residents or members of staff.
The resident’s circumstances changed significantly to the extent that they were no longer qualified to live in the almshouses as a beneficiary.
A Weekly Maintenance Contribution (WMC) of £56.22 for single occupancy and £79.15 for double occupancy is payable in advance on the 25th of each month towards the upkeep of the dwelling, and this figure may be increased upon one month’s notice. The WMC should be paid by Standing Order to the charity.
It is a condition of occupancy that a new resident signs a copy of the Resident Regulations, signifying their willingness to abide by the Charities’ rules of occupancy, before taking up occupation.
According to a recent survey amongst our almshouse residents, they say:
Watts Almshouses provide peace of mind for residents’ families too.