Last updated 20/06/2012
Making Improvements to Your Home
If you are an assured tenant, you have the right to make improvements to your home. Assured Shorthold and starter tenants do not have this right.
If you wish to make any improvements to your home you need to apply to us in writing for permission for all of the requests listed below or any other significant adaptations to your home (please note that we will not normally be able to give permission for satellite dishes to be erected on blocks of flats).
In most cases we can make a quick decision, but, you must not start work or buy any materials until you have received written permission from us. In certain cases, we may need to visit your home and assess the planned work.
In some cases you may also need to get planning permission or building regulation approval. We will advise you if this is needed when we see your proposals.
The repairs covered by the right to improve are:
- Bath or shower
- Wash hand basin
- Kitchen sink
- Storage cupboards in bathroom or kitchen
- Work surfaces for food preparation
- Space or water heating
- Thermostatic radiator valves
- Insulation of pipes, water pipes or cylinder
- Loft insulation
- Cavity wall insulation
- Draught proofing of external doors or windows
- Double glazing or other external window replacement or secondary glazing
- Rewiring or the provision of power and lighting or other electrical fittings (including smoke detectors)
- Any object which improves the security of the dwelling-house, but excluding burglar alarms
We will give a list of approved contractors to you on request and you must obtain at least 3 estimates for the work before it is carried out. Only when we have approved the estimate and you have written confirmation of this can you instruct the contractor to start work.
When your tenancy ends you may have the right to claim compensation for improvements you have made to your home with our permission and satisfaction (from the above list). You will have to keep all receipts, details of work and a note of the date when you did it.
You are responsible for maintaining any improvements that you have carried out or that have been done on your behalf. If you moved into your property through a Mutual Exchange scheme then you are responsible for the repair and maintenance of any improvements made by the previous tenant.
If any repairs are required as a result of damage caused by you, your family or visitors to your home you will be charged for these repairs.
If you are unsure whether a repair is your responsibility or not, click on the link at the bottom of this article or contact us.
The amount of compensation reduces by a set formula over time and will take the following into account:
- The expected lifespan of the components and materials used
- Depreciation of the improvements since the work was carried out
- Whether or not you received a grant to help you carry out the work
You must claim any compensation for improvements in writing between 28 days before the actual end of tenancy or up to 14 days after the tenancy has ended. You must include all necessary documentation regarding the cost of the improvement and the consent letter from us giving you permission to go ahead with the work.
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Updated by Athanasios Protopapas on 20/06/2012 08:08:54
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