Giffard Park Housing Co-operative is entirely dependent on our own members for income and management and that is the responsibility you take on when you become a member. Members of a Co-op need to have a genuine desire to have control over their own housing environment, along with a willingness to become involved and take on some of the day to day responsibility.
We have two paid workers – both Qualified Housing Managers – that run the office Monday to Friday. They are able to take rent, give advice about co-op goings-on, and can answer any questions you may have about applications, living here or what getting involved means. You can call 01908 618082, email GiffardparkHousing@gmail.com, or the opening hours are as follows:
|Monday||From 7.30- 1.00||7.00-9pm|
|Tuesday||From 7.30||Till 2pm|
|Wednesday||From 2pm||Till 4pm|
|Thursday||From 7.30||Till 2pm|
|Friday||From 9.30||Till 4.30|
We have a Committee that makes decisions on your behalf.
GPHC is run by the people who live there at any one time. All members should have an interest in making the Co-op a better place to live for the mutual benefit of the Co-op members. A well-run co-op should have a good community atmosphere, with everybody getting involved in one small way or another. The workloads are minimal if everyone helps out!
Each year we have an Annual General Meeting to elect a team of Committee Members for the next year. Co-op committees usually include 8 to 12 posts with active roles in running the co-op and these must always include a Chairman, a Treasurer and a Secretary. The Committee’s responsibilities can include (but are not limited to) managing how money is spent by the Co-op, organising meetings, updating members, maintenance, gardening, advertising, putting policies/rules in place, and dealing with people that break the rules. Everything is done by people who are living in the community as much as possible, so we so expect you to get involved if you are able to.
We also have Monthly General Meetings. All members can attend a general meeting and are informed of these dates and what points are up for discussion via post 2 weeks before each meeting.
All Members are Shareholders
On being accepted, a new member must pay a share for a nominal cost of £1.00 in the Cooperative. This means that he or she is now along with the other residents an equal shareholder in the Giffard Park Housing Co-operative Ltd. This is cancelled when a Tenancy is ended.
Rent is payable as shown below. Four weeks advance rent is payable on acceptance of the Tenancy. Rents are kept as low as possible and subject to annual inflation review.
- 4 Person Shared Houses (Part Furnished )
From January 2018 rent in the region of £83per week – includes Council tax, Water, Heating and Electricity. There are 12 shared houses with facilities for four people in each. Residents have a secure room for themselves and share the rest of the facilities.
- 2 Person Flats (Unfurnished )
From January 2018rent in the region of £93per week – including Water rates only. There are 20 one bedroom flats on the Cooperative. There is generally a waiting list for flats and priority is given to couples who are currently living as part of GPHC. For this reason and because it is a good introduction to the ideals of Cooperative living we encourage couples to move into a shared house first until a flat becomes available.
- 1 Person Bedsits (Unfurnished )
From January 2018 rent in the region of £73per week – including Water rates only. There are only four of these on the Cooperative and are in great demand. Once again priority is given to people already living as part of GPHC. Due to the demand, we have suspended direct application for these properties but if you want to go ahead with your application there is no reason why you can’t go on to the waiting list as soon as you become a tenant of a shared house.
And finally… We want you to be happy!
To ensure that all co-op members are happy and enjoying their time spent living here, we need to arrange regular catch-ups with you to know how you’re feeling and how you’re getting on. Over the first 6 months we will need to check your suitability for GPHC and do this by visiting you regularly as part of your informal 6 month probation period, you are expected to attend GPHC meetings so that you understand the work that we do, the day-to-day running of the place that you live, and to prove to your housemates and neighbors that you really want to live as part of the Co-operative.
Note we reserve the right to check the identity of applicants, to satisfy ourselves that you can make the rent payments and that you are a suitable tenant for shared housing. This may involve legal checks, and will certainly involve checking your Photographic ID