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Renting in Retirement can help prevent loneliness

Jean Harrington, who is 74 years old, has lived in Clacton-on-Sea for over 20 years. When she sold her flat two years ago and found she couldn’t afford to buy another property, she decided to rent in a retirement development there instead and hasn’t looked back.

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Clacton-on-Sea is a popular retirement destination for people who enjoy a traditional seaside atmosphere. Jean was keen to stay local.

She researched properties in the area and came across a Girlings’ property at Havenvale, a one bedroom apartment, which suited her needs perfectly.

The majority of apartments at Havenvale, as with most Girlings properties, are rented on an assured tenancy meaning people can stay as long as they wish.

Jean commented: “Finding this property meant I could continue living in Clacton on Sea where I have enjoyed living for many years. I can afford to live here comfortably and the fact that I can stay as long as I want was one of the key attractions.”

The Havenvale development is in the centre of Clacton-on-Sea and ideal for accessing a range of amenities including local shops, a supermarket, the pharmacy and doctor’s surgery and post office. The development is also close to the station and has a good local bus service to surrounding districts.

The rent includes services and property maintenance so people don’t have to worry about the cost and upkeep of a property and its surroundings.

Managing her finances well is really important for Jean. She said: “I need to know what my outgoings are each month to budget more easily. As I’m on a limited budget, renting is a great option for me, and I don’t need to worry about extra costs that might crop up if I owned my home.”

Jean has been living on her own since her husband died and she was often lonely. However, since moving to the apartment she has made friends, regularly takes part in social activities and is no longer lonely.

“The other residents at Havenvale are really friendly and I play bingo twice a week with them. I also go on some of the outings, which are always good fun. Having people around that I can do activities with is important since I’m on my own. There is always someone around to have a chat with over a cup of tea,” she concluded.

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