Communal area safety

All communal areas at our properties are the legal responsibility of us, Worthing Homes.

We therefore ask for your assistance to help keep all areas clean, tidy and free of hazards as per our leaflet below:

Please note that our clear communal area policy also applies to external areas such as:

Communal gardens: –

Paddling pools are not permitted in communal gardens. They cause a hazard for other residents and their children. Supervision is not guaranteed if the pool is accessible by other people than the owner. 

Fixed play equipment

Please do not install any fixed play equipment within a communal garden. We have a legal responsibility to ensure the area is safe for use and we cannot do this if equipment such as trampolines, slides and swings have been installed as we are unable to confirm whether it has been correctly erected/secured or undertake regular inspections or maintenance of this equipment.  Any equipment installed by us will be regularly inspected and maintained as per our legal obligations.


  • Barbecues/firepits or chimneasmust not be stored or used on balconies
  • Barbecues Barbecues in communal gardens or open spaces owned by Worthing Homes require permission from us before they can go ahead.


  • Fireworks are not permitted on any of our communal land or on balconies
  • You may have fireworks where you have a private garden but you must ensure you only use fireworks for your size garden
  • Do not use near any trees, fences or sheds; and please be aware of any power sources nearby


We ask that you inform us of any issues you feel may pose a risk to the users of the garden to ensure that we can make it safe. For example:

  • Broken manhole covers
  • Damaged furniture (that has been provided by Worthing Homes)
  • Loose or raised paving stones that someone could trip on

You can do this by reporting a repair online

Finally, please do not flick or throw cigarettes out of windows or balconies as this is unpleasant for others can could start a fire if they are not fully extinguished.