Reply To: Communal Charges

Peter Barker

The definition of “communal areas” in para 8 of Schedule 1 refers to areas other than rooms of common access and, in sheltered accommodation only, rooms of common use.

I think the key word here is “common” – to me it indicates areas that other households have a common right to use, and I think there is an intention to echo the housing law term “common parts”. Do the carers have a legal right to use the communal areas? Do they live in the home? If they are only present in the home while on duty, and they live elsewhere, they are guests of the claimant and they are not sharing areas in common with him.