Every tenant has the right to make improvements to their home
Every tenant has the right to make improvements to their home, such as installing new kitchen units, building a wall in the garden or installing a new shower or bath. However, you will need the written consent of the Authority. We will not withhold consent as long as the request is reasonable and doesn't make your property less safe, incur us costs or reduce the value of the property.
Write to your local District Housing Office outlining your plans. They will check that there are no management objections to your proposal and forward your plans to the Maintenance Unit. A Technical Officer will visit your property to determine the feasibility of the work and what information is needed from you for work to proceed. If planning permission or Building Regulations are needed the relevant forms will be sent to you. If we approve your proposal you will be sent conditional approval and you will be told of any guidelines you need to follow during and following the work. We will respond to your request for consent within 42 days of receiving it. When the work is complete again a Technical Officer will visit to inspect the work. If they are unsatisfied with the work you will be given 28 days to remedy it. If the work is still not rectified after this time period we may carry out work ourselves and recharge you.
If you have already carried out improvements to your home without consent, you should apply for 'retrospective' permission.
If you decide to move from your home you may be entitled to compensation for any improvements you have made as long as consent was received from us.
Carrying out improvements to your home does not affect your 'Right To Buy' but the improvement may be reflected in the purchase price of the property.
The Directorate of Regeneration and Housing has recently produced a leaflet for council tenants called Asbestos in the Home. Asbestos is an issue which you should be aware of before carrying out any improvements to your home. The Environment Department also provides information on Asbestos.