Length of Residency
Your residence at Kendall House will not exceed twenty-four (24) months. You understand that Kendall House may dismiss you from the Program and terminate your residency for violating the rules in the Program Agreement. You can leave the Program at any time by giving staff at least 30-days written notice.
Access to Kendall House Premises
a) Not a tenancy
Residence at Kendall House is a central component of the Program. You understand that you are a resident of Kendall House and not a tenant. You are not signing a lease, WSSH is not your landlord, and residency at Kendall House will at no time confer tenancy rights. WSSH may terminate your residency for violation of the Program Agreement. Kendall House retains the right of control over and access to the House and premises.
b) Probationary period
Your participation in the Program is probationary for the first 28 days. WSSH may extend this period at its discretion. During the probationary period, if you or Kendall House staff determines that you are not able to participate fully in the Program, your residency will be terminated. At the end of the probationary period, if you have complied with all Program guidelines set out in the Program Agreement and all goals set out in your Action Plan, you will be accepted as a Program participant and resident of Kendall House.
c) Abandonment of premises
You must notify the Kendall House Staff in advance of any extended leave away from Kendall House. WSSH may discard items belonging to clients who are missing from Kendall House for more than 30 days without notice. Absent prior notice, Kendall House may not hold your room beyond this point.
Please keep your spaces clean and dispose of your garbage and recyclable materials properly.
b) Damages and Repairs
You are responsible for any damage to your space and for any damage you may cause elsewhere on the premises. WSSH will deduct any repair expenses from your security deposit. Deductible expenses include but are not limited to, physical repairs, furniture repair, key replacement, lock changes and stolen property.
Kendall House has the right to inspect your room at any time. Staff may perform a health and safety check of each house and its rooms each month. On occasion, potential or current funders may tour Kendall House. This may include a tour of your living quarters. Kendall House employees and agents may also enter and inspect your apartment and common areas at any time to check that you are in compliance with the Program Agreement. In an effort to prepare you for living in a private apartment complex, as a courtesy, we will try to give 24-hours advance notice to you. The presence of Kendall House staff at the house will not limit or affect in any way your obligation to comply with the Program Agreement. This Section also does not impose any duty on Kendall House to inspect your space, report to anyone the results of any such inspection, or assume any liability of any kind arising from engaging or not engaging in such an inspection.
d) Keys and Locks
You may not duplicate keys/cards or lend them to children or visitors. For safety purposes, please inform staff of lost cards/keys immediately.
If you lose your card/key, WSSH will charge you a replacement fee, which will increase if you lose your card key subsequent times. Kendall House will charge a percentage of the replacement cost, which will increase each time you lose your apartment key. These fees start at 25% of the cost and will max out at 100% percent of the replacement fee. Locks may not be placed on any doors or windows except by Kendall House.
e) Fire Safety
For safety reasons, you must always maintain a clear exit path to the front door or window of each room, and your front door should be able to open completely. You and all members of your family should know which doors exit to the outside, and where the fire extinguishers are located throughout the premises. Kendall House staff will conduct regular fire drills. More information on fire safety is provided in the Emergency Procedures document Kendal House will provide you.
You may not have a pet.
g) Inspection on Move-Out
When you leave the Program and move out of Kendall House, you will schedule your departure with the Kendall House staff, and you may be asked to sign a Move-Out Contract as part of the departure process. Kendall House staff will conduct the final inspection/inventory of your room and apartment. You agree to leave the premises neat and in clean condition when you vacate, and to return key(s) to the staff. Staff will discard any personal property that you leave.
Kendall House Resident Responsibilities
You will participate in the maintenance, cleanliness, and safety of the house. Each week, residents and staff will create a chore list, we ask that you sign up and complete your share of the chores.
b) Regular guests and visiting hours
You may have a maximum of 2 adult guests per day. You are responsible for the behaviour of your guests. Staff may ban any guest causing problems or disruptions to the household or any other part of Kendall House. You may not leave guests alone in any part of Kendall House. Visiting hours are as follows unless otherwise decided:
Monday – Friday 6 pm – 9 pm
Saturday & Sunday 2 pm – 7 pm
If you want an exception to these hours, you must obtain staff approval in advance.
c) Overnight guests
Only visiting children that can share your space will be considered for overnight guests.
d) Quiet Hours
You will keep voices, televisions, radios, and other noise-making devices at a low volume during quiet hours. Quiet hours are as follows:
Sunday – Thursday 8 pm – 8 am
Friday – Saturday 9 pm – 8 am
No smoking is permitted indoors and you may not smoke within 20 feet of the Kendall House entrances.
You must bag and deposit trash in the garbage collection site located at the back of the house. Garbage day is Wednesdays. We ask that you do not keep dirty diapers in your room. Please put them in the garbage as soon as possible.
g) Garage/Back Gate
You should not use the garage as a storage space. If you would like to park in the parking space, please speak with the program staff. We ask that the back gate stay closed to keep animals out and to keep children within the fenced yard. Children are not allowed in the shed at any time.
Kendall House is not a Violence Against Women shelter. Residents in the community should not be at any immediate risk. Should your situation change we ask that you talk to Kendall House staff, and they will arrange a short-term transfer into the secure shelter. We ask that all residents help ensure a safe environment for themselves or the other Kendall House residents.