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Furnished tenancies

Furnished tenancies

A furnished tenancy means that we provide you with a furnished home, and you pay for the furniture with your rent.

You can rent kitchen appliances only (cooker, fridge/ freezer and washing machine), or you can rent everything you need to furnish your home.

Whatever option you choose, the appliances and/or furniture will, like your new home, remain our property. It will not be owned by you.

We will review your furnished tenancy after five years, when you can choose to change to an unfurnished tenancy, or continue as you are.

The cost of renting the furniture is added to your rent and in most cases will be covered by housing benefit.

 

Cost

Complete furnishing for a one-bed home includes:
Electric cooker
Washing machine
Under counter fridge freezer
Two seater sofa
Double bed
Wardrobe
Chest of drawers
Costs start from £13.31 per week (on top of your rent).

Two and three bedroom furnished homes come with:
Electric cooker
Washing machine
Fridge freezer
Three seater sofa
Table and four chairs
One double bed
Two single beds
Two wardrobes
One four drawer chest
Two three drawer chests
This costs between £20.99 and £23.55 per week (on top of your rent).
  

Faults and damage

If a kitchen appliance develops a fault and you have a furnished tenancy,we will arrange to get it fixed or replaced. Call us on 0115 746 9619 to report the issue. Please make sure that your electrics haven’t tripped, and that you had switched the appliance on before you report it as faulty. If any other piece of furniture breaks, or is damaged, please contact your Housing Patch Manager.

Affordability check

If you would like a furnished tenancy, we will do an affordability check to see whether you can afford the extra rent. If you’re on benefits and your housing benefit doesn’t cover all your rent, we may have to refuse a furnished tenancy – but we will let you know where you can get low-cost furniture instead.

Contact us

For more information about furnished tenancies, call us on 0115 746 9619

Information for residents living in furnished tenancies

The kitchen appliances and furniture are rented to you by Nottingham City Council or Nottingham City Homes.

The kitchen appliances and furniture will remain the property of Nottingham City Council or Nottingham City Homes, and under housing benefit regulations cannot ever be owned by you.

If you choose to take a furnished tenancy and you pass the affordability checks, you will pay a weekly rental charge for kitchen appliances and furniture on top of the rent you pay for your home.

Nottingham City Council or Nottingham City Homes expect you to take good care of the kitchen appliances and furniture and will maintain or replace the kitchen appliances and furniture if they break or are damaged due to a manufacturing fault or fair wear and tear.

If a breakage or damage 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 the rented kitchen appliances and furniture.

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 continue for at least five years. We will review your furnished tenancy after five years and you can choose to have the kitchen appliances and furniture removed and change to an unfurnished tenancy, or you can 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.