Thanks for answering.
The windows cost nearly £1200, the chimney £350, the boundary fence another £200, I believe. All of these were in the last two years. My 'housekeeping' was set against my paying the television rental and 'Sky' etc costs at about £120 per month, plus the payment of my council tax. I also undertook, by agreement, the payment of some utility bills as needed, and often paid for basic foodstuffs for us both.
As I cared for my mother full-time over this period, I was unable to work, living on savings and a partial disability pension from my employers.
The house would be around £135,000, I imagine in the current climate, and has been my home for over forty years, having paid housekeeping in similar forms whilst working as a teacher.
If I were to marry, and it is the principle of this issue, the trustees must sell my home from under me, making me homeless, giving me probably £50,000 from the sale after their costs are deducted. Given my disablity, depression, it is unlikely that I would be able to find employment in the current climate.
Hope this helps