Not all of the charges on this page will apply to you, but you'll get a breakdown every April will tell you which ones do. Rent and service charges will also be different depending on where you live and what type of home you have. If you live in a house, many of these won't apply to you. If you’re not sure, the first thing to do is check your tenancy agreement or lease.
We review our rents and service charges every year and, usually, they will increase slightly as our costs increase (e.g. with inflation).
There are some charges specific to leaseholders/shared owners, affordable rent tenancies, and people living in our Independent Living schemes. Scroll down or click here if you fit into any of these groups.
Caretaking charges cover the cleaning we do in shared area – usually this in hallways, stairs, landings, bin areas, etc.
What the charges covers:
- The caretaking staff we employ
- Running the caretaking vans / other vehicles
- Cleaning materials
- Collecting rubbish
If your flat has a door entry phone or a ‘buzz in’ system, then it’s likely that you’ll have a charge for keeping the system maintained (e.g. regularly servicing or programming). This cost will be split between all neighbours in the block.
Sometimes there might be areas on your estate that are shared between more than one block of flats, so this charge covers any maintenance we do in these areas.
If you live in a block of apartments, there can be a charge for servicing any fire equipment. This covers the cost of maintaining safety kit such as:
- Emergency lighting
- Automated smoke vents
- Fire alarms
- Dry risers
You may not notice it happening, but this equipment is tested regularly – some yearly, others at least four times per year.
The contractor we use to service our fire equipment is SGN. (But please direct any queries to B3Living.)
If you live in a block of apartments, your block will also be inspected for fire safety risks every year. They identify any risks and give B3Living recommendations. Though they are related, a fire risk assessment is a separate activity from maintaining fire safety equipment (see above), so these charges are separate.
Our contractor for fire risk assessments is Oakleaf. (But please direct any queries to B3Living.)
Grounds maintenance charges cover the maintenance we do outside your block, in any shared gardens, grounds or verges.
What the charges covers:
- The grounds maintenance staff we employ
- Running the grounds maintenance vans / vehicles
- Tools and PPE
- Grass cutting, pruning, weeding, clearing dog waste
- Our contracts with Borough of Broxbourne Council for grass cutting (in some areas) and forestry
These charges cover the cost of heating and lighting in shared hallways, stairways, entrances, etc. The lighting charges could also cover the power to any:
- Door entry systems
For some customers, these costs also include heating inside your flat.
If you live in a block of apartments, our charges will usually include the cost of buildings insurance and any public liability insurance. Our charge doesn’t include any contents insurance, which you will have with your own insurance provider.
If there is a lift in your block, it is will be serviced regularly and repaired if it breaks down.
We also employ a separate specialist consultant to check the work that our lift servicing and maintenance contractor does.
Our charge for lifts covers both services.
Your management fee covers the costs involved in coordinating all our other services.
- Arranging and managing the contracts.
- Acquiring services – for example, insurance.
- Checking and paying invoices.
- Managing queries.
- Checking the quality of our services – for example, through surveyor visits.
- Admin costs – mainly in our Housing team, but also some other departments such as Finance.
If your property is a flat, it’s likely that you will have access to a shared digital TV aerial. Whether you choose to use the aerial or not, there is a cost for maintaining it and making it available for everyone in your block.
Our TV aerials are maintained by SCCI Alpha track Ltd. (But please direct any queries to B3Living.)
Some B3Living blocks, but not many, have water pumps fitted. Your charge covers the cost of servicing and maintaining these twice per year.
Our contractor for water pump maintenance is Wilo UK. (But please direct any queries to B3Living.)
Our window cleaning charge only covers the cost of cleaning outside, communal windows (e.g. in hallways) above the ground floor. Ground floor windows are cleaned by our caretakers.
Our contractor for window cleaning is Walker Cleaning and Maintenance. (But please direct any queries to B3Living.)
If you're a social rent tenant, all your charges will be listed above. If you're a homeowner (leaseholder / shared owner), if you have an affordable rent tenancy, or if you live in one of our Independent Living schemes - then there are some different charges specific to you. Read on for more details about these: