To be eligible for accommodation at the almshouses, prospective residents must be not less than 60 years of age, inhabitants of the City of Plymouth, capable of living independently, and meet specified financial criteria.


As beneficiaries of the charity, residents are appointed to the occupied accommodation by written agreement.

The agreement may be terminated if a resident ceases to be eligible as a beneficiary of the charity


Under the agreement, the cost of the accommodation is recovered from residents through the Weekly Maintenance Contribution.

The Weekly Maintenance Contribution is payable monthly in advance by standing order and is based on the costs borne by the charity in providing the accommodation and the services detailed below.


Pearn Almshouses

The charity is responsible for:

  • Internal and external maintenance and decoration
  • Buildings insurance
  • Cleaning of communal areas
  • Telephone installation, line rental and maintenance costs
  • Central heating and hot water
  • Electricity, water, and gas
  • Emergency call system
  • Concessionary TV licence for residents up to 75 years of age (conditions may apply)

In addition, improvements/repairs proposed by residents will be entertained by the charity provided any alterations are structurally-sound, do not reduce amenities, or increase maintenance costs. If approved, the cost may be paid for by the charity.


Beneficiaries, i e, residents, are responsible for:

  • The Weekly Maintenance Contribution
  • Insurance of the contents of the accommodation and own personal effects
  • Cleaning the accommodation (assistance with obtaining paid-help is available, if necessary)
  • Telephone calls
  • Council tax
  • TV licence in some circumstances