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Furnished tenancies

Furnished tenancies

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We're now able to offer furnished tenancies to all housing applicants who are offered a council or NCH home, subject to an affordability check. 

A furnished tenancy is an Introductory Tenancy, a Secure Tenancy or an Assured Shorthold Tenancy with furniture included as part of your rent.

You can choose to rent kitchen appliances only (cooker, fridge/ freezer and washing machine) or a fully furnished home. The cost of renting the furniture is added to your rent and in most cases will be covered by housing benefit.

The furniture, like your new home, will remain our property and will not be owned by you. We will review furnished tenancies after five years and you can choose to change to an unfurnished tenancy at that point, or continue as you are.

Cost

Rent for a fully furnished one bedroom home, including appliances, settee, double bed, double wardrobe and chest of drawers is just £10.64 per week on top of your rent.

Two and three bedroom furnished homes come with a larger settee, table and four chairs and additional beds and wardrobes. The weekly furniture rental is £14.56 to £15.32 per week on top of your rent.

What happens if your kitchen appliances develop a fault?

If you have a furnished tenancy and your kitchen appliances (cooker, washing machine or fridge / freezer) develops a fault, we'll arrange to get it fixed or replaced. Call our furniture supplier, PA Housing on 0116 204 6956. You'll need to tell them that you're a Nottingham City Homes tenant and before you call, double check that your electric circuit breaker hasn't tripped and the appliance is switched on.

If any other piece of furniture breaks, or you have any other furniture-related issue, please contact your Housing Patch Manager.

Affordability checks

When we offer you a home, we will do an affordability check to see whether the extra rent for a furnished tenancy is something that you will be able to afford. If you are on benefits, and your housing benefit will not cover all of your rent, we may have to refuse a furnished tenancy – but we will signpost you to low-cost furniture providers instead.

Contact us

For more information about furnished tenancies, call us on 0115 746 9977 or send us an email

Information for residents living in furnished tenancies

The furniture and kitchen appliances are rented to you by Nottingham City Council or Nottingham City Homes. They remain our property and under housing benefit regulations cannot ever be owned by you.

Residents pay a weekly rental charge on top of their property rent. This is eligible for housing benefit in most cases, subject to the Local Housing Allowance caps from 2018.

We expect you to take good care of the furniture and kitchen appliances. We will maintain or replace the kitchen appliances and furniture if they break due to a manufacturing fault or fair wear and tear. If a breakage is considered not to be fair wear and tear, we will not repair or replace it, but you will still be charged.

We may need to check the electrical appliances annually and will contact you to arrange this. Please keep appointments for this important check. It is for your safety. Failure to do so may put your Responsible Tenant Reward at risk.

In accordance with your Tenancy Agreement, we may ask to visit you at home and check the condition of our furniture and kitchen appliances. You must not sell or dispose of any item owned by Nottingham City Council or Nottingham City Homes. If you do, we’ll refer the matter to the police.

If you have been burgled and had items stolen, you must provide Nottingham City Homes with a Police Crime Number.

It is expected that furnished tenancies will continue for at least five years. We will review your furnished tenancy after five years and you can choose to have the furniture/ charges removed and change to an unfurnished tenancy or continue as you are. We will not normally allow you to change to an unfurnished tenancy and stop the charges before the fifth anniversary of your tenancy.