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Information Update

Information Update

Sharing Owners: 20 years on!

When Shared owners buy a share of a property from us they sign what is called an Occupancy Agreement. This
Agreement lasts for a period of 20 years and then it comes to an end.  When the Agreement expires shared owners will have 3 options:

• Either buy the property outright, or
• Give the Association written notice of your intention to leave the property once we have found someone to buy
the share from the existing shared owner, or
• Enter into another Occupancy Agreement for a further 20 years.

Up until recently there has been a lot of uncertainty about what happens with shared owner Occupancy Agreements once the initial 20 years expires and this understandably has caused people concern. We
can confirm the Association has agreed to offer its existing shared owners a further 20 year
extension. We will be writing to our shared owners in the near future confirming the above
options and discussing costs associated with the options.  If you are a shared owner and you want to discuss your
Occupancy Agreement with us please contact our Housing Management Team.

Medical Adaptations

Did you know that each year Dunbritton Housing Association applies for grant funding to carry out medical adaptations to its properties.  The level of funding available depends on the Scottish Government’s current financial constraints.  We work closely with Social Work Department who carry out the needs assessments of the individual tenants.

If you have medical needs and feel that you may benefit from your house being medical adapted, please contact the Occupational Therapist at your local Council’s Social Work Department in the first instance. (Argyll & Bute 01546 605517, Dumbarton (G82 addresses only)  01389 737020 and Alexandria (G83 addresses only) 01389 608088).

Here is a list of some of the types of adaptations we have completed:

- Installing an over-bath shower
- Installing a walk-in shower
- Installing bannisters, handrails and grab rails

Sometimes it is not always possible to adapt our properties due to high cost or constraints to the existing design of a building which prevent an adaptation being done.  In these circumstances it may be better to consider a transfer to a property more suited to your medical needs.