Sunnyside Court

Sunnyside Court, South Oswald Road, The Grange, Edinburgh, EH9 2HH

The development is situated in The Grange residential area of Edinburgh

Sunnyside Court, South Oswald Road, Edinburgh, EH9 2HH
Telephone: 0131 667 6831


Location

The development is situated in The Grange residential area of Edinburgh. A general grocers shop and post office is located within quarter of a mile of the development. A bus service is available on South Oswald Road and other bus services are available nearby. The development is located beside the Astley Ainslie Hospital.

Size of Scheme

This sheltered development comprises 51 units spread over 3 two storey blocks. There is a stanna stairlift installed in the full sheltered block.

24 x 1 person bedsits *

6 x 2 person, 2 apartment flats *

1 x 3 person, 3 apartment flat *

12 x 1 person, 2 apartment flats #

8 x 2 person, 2 apartment flats #

* Full sheltered - property is situated in the main block of the development, where the communal facilities are located.

# Basic sheltered - property is situated in a separate block; residents have to go outside to access the communal facilities in the main block.

Staffing

The sheltered housing manager is resident.

Sheltered housing management staff are available to help in an emergency and to provide advice, assistance and support to residents. They are responsible for delivering a range of housing management and housing support services. These include daily administration of the development, supervising the cleaning of the communal areas and liaising with contractors.

They will, when on duty, provide you with a daily call. The staff will respect your independence, however they will liaise with medical practitioners, nursing services, the local authority social work department and voluntary, private and other care providers on your behalf if necessary. Sheltered housing manager staff do not provide nursing and domestic services, for example, cooking meals or doing shopping for residents.

Staff cannot take the place of your own family, home carers or other services. They cannot become involved in personal or other relationships with tenants beyond the professional requirements of the services they provide.

Sheltered housing management staff are on duty as a two-weekly rota as follows:

Week 1: Monday - Thursday: 8.30am to 12.30pm; 1.30pm to 4.00pm; Friday 8.30am to 12.30pm

Week 2: Monday - Wednesday: 8.30am to 12.30pm; 1.30pm to 4.00pm; Thursday and Friday: 8.30am to 1.30pm; Saturday 8.30am to 12.30pm; 1.30pm to 4.00pm and Sunday 8.30am to 12.30pm

The normal working hours of the sheltered housing manager and, where applicable, the assistant sheltered housing manager, are displayed on the development. Hanover will strive wherever possible to maintain these hours. However, there may be circumstances in which it is not possible to have a staff presence on the development at all such times. The stated hours are therefore indicative only and are not guaranteed.

To ensure that 24 hour cover is maintained at the development the community alarm service is available and fully briefed during periods when staff fluctuations may occur.

Housing Officer

The housing officer acts as the main contact between the area office and the residents. He/she visits the development regularly and is available to residents who may wish to discuss housing related or personal matters. If you wish to be visited at home by the housing officer you can make the necessary arrangements by contacting the sheltered housing manager or the area administrative officer at area office.

Heating and Hot Water

Each flat has its own gas boiler with radiators in every room.

Electricity Charges

All properties are individually metered and each resident is responsible for payment of their own bills to their electricity provider.

Cooking Arrangements

There are facilities in the properties for cooking by electricity only. Residents must supply their own cookers and have them installed by an authorised installer.

Residents' Lounge

The lounge, which is fully furnished and carpeted, has its own small kitchen and gives residents a meeting place should they wish to meet each other during the day for tea, etc. Residents are also free to invite friends and neighbours to join them here. The Association may require on occasion to use the lounge for meetings and the room may also be used by outside groups in which case a charge will be levied to the group using it.

Guest Bedroom

These are best described as "communal second bedrooms" which residents can book up to two months in advance for friends and family who are visiting them. A small charge is made for the use of the guest bedroom to offset the cost of heating and laundering of bedlinen. Its priority use is for friends and family staying to support a resident during any illness.

Laundry

A private laundry for residents’ own use, or by care at home staff on their behalf, is provided. It has automatic washing machines and tumble driers. There are also drying areas with "whirlygigs" in the garden for use during fine weather.

Alarm System

All properties on the development are fitted with an alarm system, which allows residents to summon help in an emergency.

It enables residents to make immediate contact with the sheltered housing manager or in their absence with the alarm control centre.

A pull cord to activate the alarm is situated in every room. Advice on how to use the alarm system will be given to every resident when they move in.

Keyholders

When a resident moves into their new home emergency contact information will be requested. This includes the name, address and phone number of anyone who holds a key to their home and could be contacted should the need arise. Please note that this could be at any time. However the call centre would not contact your keyholder(s) during the night unless it appeared to be a genuine emergency situation.

Named keyholders will receive a letter from the Association providing them with further information on what it means to be a keyholder.

TV Aerial

A communal aerial is provided, with a socket in every living room, therefore an individual aerial is not necessary.

Insurance

The Association can arrange to provide contents insurance to residents at a very reasonable cost. Top up, at a small additional premium, to provide a higher level of cover is available. Alternatively residents can arrange their own contents insurance but must advise the Association if they wish to pursue this option. Full details are available from area office.

 

Gardens

The Association maintains, through the Service Charge, all the grassed and planted areas in the development. However, should anyone wish to have a small plot for gardening it may be possible to arrange this.

Car Park

A car park is provided for the use of residents and visitors to the development. It is not possible to allocate car parking spaces to individual residents.

Pets

Hanover has no objection to a resident bringing one well behaved pet, subject to the Association’s prior written permission, but ask that residents seek special permission should they wish to keep more than one pet. Where a resident has a dog, the animal should be exercised outwith the area of the development. No dogs should be allowed to foul the garden area, pathways or car parking areas.

Rents and Service Charge

The accommodation is let to the tenant by the Association as a Scottish Secure Tenancy, under the provisions of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001.

The monthly payment due to the Association includes both a rental charge and a services charge component. The rental charge is set by the Association and covers the costs of providing, managing and maintaining the property. The service charge covers the costs of the services provided by the Association in sheltered housing including housing management services, cleaning of common parts and garden maintenance. A services schedule listing services applicable to your development is attached to your tenancy agreement.

Both rental and services charges (excluding heating charge where applicable) are eligible for housing benefit and residents should apply to the local council housing benefit section for this.

The current total monthly charges are given in the table below.

These figures are subject to annual review in April by the Association.

You may choose to make your rent and service charge payments to the Association by direct debit or bank giro credit transfer.

 1 person bedsit Amount (£)
 Rent 263.61
 Service charge 116.00
 Contents insurance 2.00
 TOTAL 381.61
 1 person, 2 apartment flat  
 Rent 283.28
 Service charge 116.00
 Contents insurance 2.00
 TOTAL 401.28
 2 person, 2 apartment flat (basic sheltered)  
 Rent 301.92
 Service charge 116.00
 Contents insurance 2.00
 TOTAL 419.92
2 person, 2 apartment flat (full sheltered)
Rent 311.00
Service charge 116.00
Contents insurance 2.00
TOTAL 429.00
 3 person, 3 apartment flat  
 Rent 322.10
 Service charge 116.00
 Contents insurance 2.00
 TOTAL 440.10

Council Tax

Residents are responsible for paying their own council tax to the City of Edinburgh Council.

Housing Support Charges

In addition to the above charges, there is also housing support charge. The local council will collect this charge directly from you.

This sum is the cost to the Association of providing the housing support element of the housing service. It includes items such as the security system in the development, the Community Alarm Service, staffing (where provided) and the cost of being registered with The Care Inspectorate (the organisation which regulates and inspects housing support services). You may be eligible to receive financial support to pay this charge. You are strongly advised to request a financial assessment from your local council.

Repairs and Maintenance

The Association, as landlord, has responsibility for certain repairs, under the Scottish Secure Tenancy Agreement. You have a responsibility for maintaining the internal decoration of the accommodation, which will be in reasonable decorative order when you move in. You are also responsible for ensuring that your home is kept in good order.

Annual Development Meeting

At least one meeting will be held each year in the communal lounge, to which all residents are invited. The meetings will take place in the autumn of each year, after the financial statements have been issued, (normally August/September).

Liaison and Consultation

It is the Association’s policy to consult residents on significant matters which might arise. Hanover will do this in a variety of ways, including writing to residents, visiting residents to discuss the matters and/or call further developments meetings if required.

About Hanover

Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association Ltd was formed in 1979 and is now firmly established as one of the most respected providers of housing and related services for older people in Scotland. It is a Scottish charity and is run by a Committee of Management comprising up to 15 voluntary members. The Association is registered with The Scottish Housing Regulator as a social landlord.

Hanover's aim is to:

“provide a range of affordable housing and a choice of related services to enable people to have as full and independent lives as possible in their own homes.”

Hanover specialises in the development and management of purpose built housing for older people and most of its housing is sheltered housing. As well as sheltered housing the Association also provides amenity housing for less frail older people, very sheltered housing and housing with care for frailer older people and general needs housing for families and single people.

If you would like further information about the development or would like to apply for an Association property please contact our East Area Office on 0131 557 7404.