Frequently Asked Questions.
We can offer anything from a studio apartment to a four-bedroom house, subject to availability. Please bear in mind that 95% of the properties are happily occupied 95% of the time. Where appropriate we can forward people to shared housing we may know about, or to other landlords. You may be looking to buy in our part of the country, in which case well offer what help and support we can. We can share with you our technical knowledge (three of us have taken professional training) and we may be able to put you up in temporary accommodation to suit your timescale, although usually a six-month rental term is established initially.
Our properties are refurbished to a high standard, typically with built-in cupboards and new carpets or laminated wooden floors. Some are let unfurnished and some furnished. The furnished properties are by and large the smaller ones, flats for example, and mostly fully equipped with everything youll need up to and including kitchen utensils and a new washer-dryer. Well remove some furniture from these by negotiation if you have some items of your own and are as concerned as you are that you settle in comfortably. See the View Our Properties page for some examples. We have a building and maintenance team (currently about 60% vegan if thats of interest to you!) working on a rolling program of new properties being developed, and we are learning more as we go along about ecological and energy saving techniques. We are planning to build new properties from scratch in the near future, into which what were learning can be better implemented.
No, about half of our tenants are non-vegan, but we like to discriminate positively towards professional vegans, vegetarians, and spiritually minded people. These are people who because of their beliefs are more likely to follow a healthy lifestyle, who for example are less likely to smoke (something we discourage) and we find, tend to live with integrity and also look after where their home well. There is a good feeling dealing with such people. If on the whole this is you, wed be pleased if youll enquire about property with us.
A Shorthold Assured Tenancy, this is a standard lease renewable 6 or 12 monthly. Unless you come by personal recommendation you may be asked to complete a referencing form, for which there is a £35 submission fee. Where tenants jointly take a property, they are jointly and severally liable.
We are based in the Swansea area of South Wales and a little beyond, although we have associates with properties to rent in the South Wales Valleys and as far away as Kent.
For those of you without the good fortune to live in Swansea, it's a pleasant town (technically a city) with a friendly population of 300,000 and a five-mile-long sandy beach. You can bicycle along its promenade from the Marina to Mumbles Head. Mumbles is the seaside village at the peninsular end of Swansea although the seaside element has never been overplayed. Past Mumbles Head lighthouse westward is the South coast of Gower, Britain's first designated Area of Natural Beauty.
29th July to 13th August 2017 sees a return of the 37th annual, peripatetic, Vegan Summer Camp to Bank Farm Leisure at Horton on Gower SA3 1LL.
To the Northwest and North of Swansea within driving distance are the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons respectively. Westwards to the end of the M4 motorway and beyond is West Wales, now incorporated into the administrative region of Swansea Bay City Region. There's some fine coastal walking and pleasant rural areas. To the West on the Irish Sea (technically Cardigan Bay) lives Britain's largest resident population of dolphins and across that sea a three-hour ferry journey away, is Southern Ireland.
Swansea itself sits upon a cradle of hills that can offer panoramic views and a feeling of space, punctuated with minimally managed green areas. See the View Our Properties page for pictures of some of our properties and some of the people in them.
The reference made above to the Swansea Bay City Region is significant. Plans are underway to develop the city to a degree unprecedented since the rebuilding of Swansea after it was blanket bombed during the second World War (Rob Stewart, Leader of Swansea City Council). Swansea is destined to become a "powerhouse" for the region (Sir Terry Matthews, Chair of Swansea Bay City Region). Watch this video link:
to see a conceptual fly-through posted by Swansea City Council on YouTube, of the developments.
These all promise existing (and exciting!) new work opportunity in the city. If granted final government approval following a conclusion approving it by the government appointed Hendry Review, the Tidal Barriage shall spearhead a new source of energy supply for the UK (and a world first!) promising to supply 11% of the UK energy supply from this, and five more planned around our coastline by this Swansea company. The tidal lagoon company premise is to use local labour and materials in the majority, wherever possible.
The two hospitals, both growing in size, were formerly a second source of employment to The City and County of Swansea with its own 6000 staff.
On a smaller, vegan scale, there is a specialist vegan shop at Unit 23B Swansea indoor market. Sufficient sole traders and partner vegan businesses exist in the area for us to repeat vegan fairs within the locality.