Our residential, commercial and investment properties generate additional revenue income, and also provide accommodation or office space for those who couldn’t otherwise afford to live or work here.
As a charity, the RPLC is required to ensure that our housing is made available to those in need. We maintain 84 units for affordable rented housing. We can also nominate tenants for a further 35% of 346 properties maintained by London and Quadrant Housing Association on the Queen's Road Estate.
Who can apply?
All applicants are required to declare their assets and income so that our Trustees can determine suitability for an assured shorthold tenancy. You must either live in the Benefit Area at the time of the application or have a strong connection to it, or work within the LBRuT.
Residential housing forms part of our charitable operations, providing housing to those in need at significantly lower rents than standard ‘Affordable’ housing products. We do not offer residential tenancies on a commercial basis but instead offers substantial rent subsidies to tenants – c.£8k-£10k per household p.a. On average, RPLC tenants pay 50% of the current Local Housing Allowance rates.
As a private landlord, the RPLC has its own eligibility criteria for joining charitable housing waiting lists, which can also be used for agreeing priority status. People applying must live in the Borough, must not own a property, and should have little chance, at the time of applying, of moving into the private rented sector.
The Waiting Lists are closed apart from the 3-bed List. To be put on the list you will need to live within our Benefit Area (TW9, TW10, SW13, SW14) or have close connections in Richmond. There is very little chance of vacancies arising in the near future. Our priority is to provide accommodation to those living under the threat of homelessness. This could include people:
• threatened by violence or harassment.
• suffering verbal abuse or nuisance.
• affected by relationship breakdown.
• unable to pay mortgage or rent due to low income.
The second priority group is housing families whose accommodation is inappropriate. Thirdly, where possible, we try to give low paid keyworkers and people working in local public services in the LBRuT access to charitable housing. Finally, additional weighting can be given to access the housing lists for people giving or receiving care or support to another, where there are children or where facilities cannot be used due to ill-health or disability.
The Vestry Hall is an attractive public meeting room owned by the RPLC, measuring 9.8m x 6.8m with seating for sixty and disabled access. Situated next to the Paradise Road multi-storey car park, it’s about 5 minutes walk from Richmond Station. Amenities include 60 chairs and 12 tables; kitchen with cooker, microwave, fridge, kettles, crockery, glasses etc; space to hang coats; lavatories (including disabled facilities); flip chart (please bring paper and pens). An overhead LCD projector is available.
The Vestry Hall is available for hire in 4-hour sessions.
Please arrange to pick up a key for the Vestry Hall when you book. Please note, keys can only be collected on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and an appointment needs to be arranged.
There is a boardroom that is also available during the day for up to 18 people during office hours at the same rate. Please call the office first before making a booking.
Current charges are:
4 Hours £50 £70
2 x 4hr Sessions £70 £120
5 Days £250 £450
Cancellation Fee: Please note, there is a £20 (voluntary organisations) and £30 (commercial organisations) cancellation fee per meeting. Fees relating to bookings cancelled less than one month before the event are non-refundable.
The Cambrian Centre
The Cambrian Community Centre is located in the ground floor of Caplan Court at the junction of the Queens Road and Cambrian Road.
The Centre aims to:
- provide facilities for people in the LBRuT, particularly those on the Queens Road Estate.
- offer a focus for community activity and a venue for local groups and services.
- share facilities for education, recreation, leisure and constructive activity.
- promote healthy living and respond to local needs.
Situated on Paradise Road, Richmond is Vestry Hall and four office suites. RPLC's offices are at the rear of the building, with an entrance off the Vineyard Passage, while other offices are occupied by Arc Software, Barreworks and Hays Recruitment.
This investment property is run on a commercial basis, with space let to small businesses to generate income over and above expenses to use for charitable purposes. The original concept was for start-up commercial artists though leaseholders have tended to stay and grow into businesses. The large full height atrium means the building is not an effective use of space. Trustees believe that it would make sense financially, and tie in with our ethos, to redevelop the building as charitable housing. Some of the studios are now being used by charities - the Vineyard Community Centre for example.