The House lets properties to tenants in exchange for socage. Tenure is granted permanently; unless the tenant vacates without a successor. In this case, the Lord Paramount will escheat the property. Where tenants break House law, they will forfeit their property to the Lord Paramount.
The Lord Paramount invests lords of the manors to provide him with manpower, counsel and socage.
For more information on forms of tenure, see ‘Forms of Tenure’.
The House levies at most 1% of each property's value per month. Despite this, socage is more likely to be charged at 0.5%. Assuming your rented property is valued at £150,000, your socage will be between £1,500 and £750 per month.
Most of this levy is given to Houses Romanov and Pitt. The House will pay expenses from the monthly socage to its lords, and a further fee is included to cover the long term costs of maintenance. The value of this fee is 1% of the property's value; which is raised over the course of 2 years and 1 month. Using the previous example, if a property is valued at £150,000, the House would deduct between £1,450 and £700 per month to fund its affairs; as well as £50 over the course of 2 years and 1 month for maintenance.
Maintenance costs are flexible. When the 1% ceiling is reached, the House will stop funding these costs. When these costs need to be used, the House will carry on deducting maintenance fees until the ceiling is reached again.
The House sits in Haywards Heath. Whilst this is its caput baroniae, the Romanov Pitts work across the Duchies of Sussex and Devon. This includes West Sussex, East Sussex and Brighton and Hove.
The House relies on its reputation to acquire new tenants. It also makes use of the internet; including popular property portals: for instance, Rightmove, Zoopla and PrimeLocation; as well as social media and its website.
The House publishes its own Gazette. This gives tenants many useful articles on the House's activities, and guidance on governing your property. Such information is replicated in local papers and wireless stations.
The House has two main stakeholders. The first is its Lords. On joining the Romanov Pitts, all Lords of the Manors are given titles of nobility under Romanov Pitt law. This means that you, your family and your successors may use the title Lord or Lady in your affairs with the House, or on behalf of the House. In addition to this, the House entrusts Lords of the Manors with properties to let to tenants. The House collects socage and, after deducting what its needs, gives their Lord the rest of the levy. In exchange for the Romanov Pitt's protection, Lords may inspect their properties every sixth month; in addition to affirming the oaths of homage and fealty. These oaths bind the House and their Lords to tenants through the Constitution of the House: the House's own law code. Like tenants, Lords become citizens of the House; which means they may play as large or small a part as they wish in shaping these laws.
In addition to Lords, the House has its tenants. Tenants need shelter to survive against nature. By sheltering its tenants, the House gives its tenants the freedom to live the life they wish. Tenants pay their socage on the fourteenth day of each month. This may be monetary; however, with agreement between the House, the Lord and the tenant, other goods may be exchanged instead of a levy. To hasten your protection, the House forbids tenants paying a deposit. This assumes that tenants will damage property, and therefore breaks trust between the House and its tenants. Instead, the House uses its maintenance fees to safeguard against damage; which, fundamentally, is a form of maintenance. The House also grants tenants the freedom to decorate their properties as they wish. They are responsible for all parts of the property.
The House has a range of activities in Term time all year round. These aim to bring Lords and tenants together to serve the common interest.
Unlike letting agents, the House aims for protection of customs and education. Instead of using money as an end, the Romanov Pitts use money as a means to an end: a strong, united and independent world.
A key part of this process is safeguarding tenants’ welfare. Feudalism is a contract between all parties of the House. It is a promise to look after tenants in exchange for socage; inspired by the Christian faith.
When potential tenants complete their application, they will swear oaths of homage and fealty to the House and to their Lord. This turns them into vassals: giving them the protection of the House from all those whom would see harm come to them; within and outside the House. Tenants then live without disturbance for as long as they wish to remain tenants. Should they wish to leave, tenants may do so by writing a letter to the House declaring as such.
As for Lords, after swearing their oaths, they become Lords of the Manors of Houses Romanov and Pitt. Lords are trained in the customs of the House, and receive monthly feedback from the House on where they are succeeding, and what they must do to get better. From time to time, Lords will attend the Court of Customs where they discuss the condition of the House, and judge disputes between fellow tenants. There are further opportunities to become Governors, who look after a group of Lords on behalf of the House. On the other hand, Lords have the opportunity to serve the House as one of its Household Officers. This gives you a strategic role in leading the House to achieve its ultimate mission.
The two Houses have had many successful leaders. Below are ten strong leaders of Houses Romanov and Pitt who have greatly improved the lives of those they served:
1. King Peter I 'The Great' of Russia
2. King Henry V of England
3. Queen Catherine II 'The Great' of Russia
4. King Henry VII of England
5. King Alexander I of Russia
6. King Michael I of Russia
7. King Ivan IV 'The Terrible' of Russia
8. King James I of England, King James VI of Scotland
9. Mr. William Pitt MP 'The Younger'
10.Lord William Pitt, Earl of Chatham 'The Elder'
Houses Romanov and Pitt are organised into two offices. These are the Household and the Court.
The Household is the domestic branch of the House. This includes the Lord Paramount, his Gentlemen of the Bedchamber, Lords in Waiting, Councillors and Statesmen. They counsel the Lord Paramount on affairs of the House.
Outside the Household is the Court. The Court is the government of the House. This is made up of many offices. The chief offices are the Treasury, the War Office and the Peace Office. The Council counsels the Lord Paramount and is made up of Household Officers. It decides how the House will achieve its goals.
The Assembly is the legislative branch of the House. All citizens of the House may bring forward a motion when the Assembly is in session. This may be brought in person or via the internet. If your motion is voted successful, the Lord Paramount will evaluate the Bill, and if approved, it will become an Act of the House. This makes it legally binding for all citizens of the House.