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About Funding Rents And Charges

Our rents (excluding the Tenant Service Charge) are funded via the tenant’s entitlement to Housing Benefit or the Housing element of Universal Credit. As from 2019, funding of exempt accommodation will change and may require your Local Authority to ‘top-up’ your rent using Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP). There may be a financial assessment charge made by the Local Authority (LA) that will need to be funded by the tenant. All Housing Benefit will be paid directly to Zetetick Housing.

Our charges are £15 per week, subject to annual reviews. The LA financial assessment is calculated based on the tenants income, so we cannot state what this may be in advance. In most cases, tenant contribution is zero.

Under Housing Benefit rules, the use of water and personal use of heating & lighting is not eligible for HB funding. Therefore we adopted the Government recommended calculations that may change from time to time.

This is a choice for the tenant/s. The utility bills can be placed in the tenants name and for the tenant to fund these directly. However our default position is for Zetetick Housing to manage and fund all utility bills on behalf of the tenant/s.

There are certain charges that the tenant must pay for directly. These include TV license; pay-for TV, internet installation & charges, on-going house telephone (ZH will fund installation only) running costs i.e. calls and line rental.

All maintenance/repairs are managed and funded by Zetetick Housing. When assessing each referral an allowance for repairs is calculated based on likely demand, so will vary according to tenant assessed behavior and need.

Yes. We charge within the rent agreement a management charge that covers the administration costs of the charity and the service provision to our tenants. This charge is funded via Housing Benefit or DHP.

Yes, subject to certain conditions. In order to ensure the tenancy is affordable then we must achieve exempt accommodation status for the service – see questions on ‘exempt accommodation’ and ‘can we choose the support provider’.

The use of the direct payment to contract either Zetetick Housing directly or one of our nominated Support Providers will meet our exempt housing
eligibility criteria.

Yes, subject to certain conditions. In order to ensure the tenancy is affordable then we must achieve exempt accommodation status for the service – see questions on ‘exempt accommodation’.

In summary there are two elements that need to be addressed:

  1. That some direct support is contracted with Zetetick Housing.
  2. That the PA’s are in part or wholly managed through an approved
    quality Support Provider.

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