Keeping our communities clean and tidy

Grounds maintenance update

From 1 March 2024, grounds maintenance in BCP, Dorset, Andover and some sites in Wiltshire and South Hampshire have been insourced.

Grounds maintenance and communal areas

We’re responsible for keeping any grounds around your home that we own, as well as any communal areas, clean and well-maintained. 

Communal Gardens 

Sovereign has a legal responsibility to keep these areas safe and can’t do this if play equipment or pools have been installed. We wouldn’t be able to confirm if it’s been correctly installed or undertake regular inspections or maintenance.

Play equipment 

  • Please do not install any large play equipment in a communal garden. This includes trampolines, slides and swings.
  • If we consider that any play equipment placed in communal areas is unsuitable, we will serve a tort notice and remove it if the owner has not done so within the period stated. Sovereign will not be held liable for any compensation claimed as a result of removing such items.

Swimming and paddling pools 

  • Swimming and paddling pools, including hot tubs, are not allowed in communal areas due to the risk of accidental drowning and water borne viruses.
  • If any pools are found in communal areas, we will serve a tort notice and remove it if the owner has not done so within the period stated. Sovereign will not be held liable for any compensation claimed as a result of removing such items.

Fireworks

  • Fireworks are not permitted on any of our communal land or on balconies.


Improving grounds and communal areas