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What changes can I make to my home?

The changes you can make to your home will vary depending on whether you're a leaseholder or a tenant. To find the answers you're looking for, please click on the question below that specifically applies to you.

What changes can I make as a leaseholder?

If you're a leaseholder, your lease will explain the types of changes you can make to your home, either with or without our permission.

What changes can I make as a tenant?

Paint and decorate the inside of my home

Yes, you're more than welcome to paint and decorate the inside of your home as you wish.

Fit wardrobes, cupboards or shelves

Yes, you can fit wardrobes, cupboards or shelves of your choice.

Fit laminate flooring or any other floor finishes

Yes, if you live in a house or maisonette, or a ground floor flat.

You must never fit laminate flooring in bathrooms or kitchens and you must put your home back to the way it was when your tenancy ends.

Fit battery-powered smoke or heat detectors

Yes, this is something we would highly recommend. For more information, feel free to refer to the Fire Service website.

Fit extra locks, burglar alarms or other security systems to your home

Yes, but you must put your home back to the way it was when your tenancy ends.

Replace light fittings that do not need changes to the electrical wiring circuits

Yes, but this must be done by a qualified electrician and you must put your home back to the way it was when your tenancy ends.

Install a TV aerial and connection

Yes, but this must be done by a qualified engineer.

Change the electrical circuits in my home

No, you can't make this change to your home.

If you make this change, you'll be breaking your tenancy agreement. We'll charge you what it costs us to put your home back to the way it was.

Add heating or cooling systems, such as air conditioning units

Yes, as long as this doesn’t use gas. You must put your home back to the way it was when your tenancy ends.

Install a wood-burning fire

No, you can't make this change to your home.

If you make this change, you'll be breaking your tenancy agreement. We'll charge you what it costs us to put your home back to the way it was.

Fit an electric or gas cooker, built-in hob or oven without changing the original kitchen layout

Yes, but this must be done by a qualified electrician or Gas Safe-registered engineer. You're then responsible for maintaining the appliance. If you leave your home, you must remove the appliance and, if it's a gas appliance, make sure its supply pipe is safely sealed.

Fit a hob or oven to an existing kitchen unit

No, you can't fit hobs or ovens to kitchen units that aren’t already cooker locations.

Fit a new gas appliance

Yes, but you need our permission first.

You must never alter or remove an existing gas or electric system.

Also, we'll not give you permission to install ‘open-flue’ gas appliances (for example, a gas fire that needs a chimney).

Add kitchen units or worktops

Yes, as long as you don’t damage or alter the original fittings.

You must put your home back to the way it was when your tenancy ends.

Replace a kitchen

Yes, but you need our permission first.

We replace bathrooms and kitchens in our rented homes as part of a programme of planned work. Find out more, including if there's any planned maintenance scheduled for your home.

Replace taps in my home

Yes, but this must be done by a qualified plumber.

Install a shower

Yes, but you need our permission first.

If we give you permission, you'll need to fit extra tiling and other protection against water damage.

Replace a bathroom

Yes, but you need our permission first.

We replace bathrooms and kitchens in our rented homes as part of a programme of planned work. Find out more, including if there's any planned maintenance scheduled for your home.

Adapt my home to meet the needs of a physically disabled member of my household

Yes, there are changes you can make to your home to do this. To make any of the following changes you'll need a ‘specification’ from your local council's Social Services Team, which is also known as an Occupational Therapist’s Report:

  • extending your house
  • fitting ramps or level-access showers and making other changes to your flat or house.
  • Level-access shower rooms won't be allowed in flats above ground floor level where there is no shared lift
  • dividing rooms
  • converting garages into living spaces
  • changing windows into doors.

Find out more about aids and adaptations for your home.

Fit extra outdoor lighting

Yes, but you must put your home back to the way it was when your tenancy ends.

Install a cat flap or dog flap to an outside door

Yes, if you live in a house and have a fully-enclosed garden.

You must put your home back to the way it was when your tenancy ends.

Replace an outside door or window(s)

Yes, but you need our permission first.

Build a porch, conservatory, extension or loft conversions

Yes, but you need our permission first.

Remove or alter the structure of the walls in your home

Yes, but you need our permission first.

Remove or alter the structure of the floors in your home

Yes, but you need our permission first.

Remove or alter the structure of the roof

Yes, but you need our permission first.

Install solar panels

No, you can't make this change to your home.

If you make this change, you'll be breaking your tenancy agreement. We'll charge you what it costs us to put your home back to the way it was.

Convert my garage into a living space

No, you can't make this change to your home unless specified by your local council's Social Services Team.

Change a window into a door

No, you can't make this change to your home unless specified by your local council's Social Services Team as part of an adaptation.

Change a door into a window

No, you can't make this change to your home unless specified by your local council's Social Services Team as part of an adaptation.

Put down paving slabs or other masonry work outside my home to create extra car-parking spaces

Yes, but you need our permission first.

We'll not give you our permission for an extra car-parking space in front of your house unless you have a ‘dropped kerb’ that allows you to drive onto your property safely and easily when you are using a car or another domestic vehicle.

You must also get written permission from your local Highway Authority before starting work.

Install ground source heating

No, you can't make this change to your home.

If you make this change, you'll be breaking your tenancy agreement. We'll charge you what it costs us to put your home back to the way it was.

Plant or fit fencing or other structures within my front garden

Yes, but you need our permission first.

Plant trees or shrubs that will grow more than three metres high

Yes, but you need our permission first.

Install a garden pond

Yes, if you live in a house or bungalow.

You must put your garden back to the way it was when your tenancy ends.

Fit a garden sheds or other garden structure

Yes, as long as:

  • This doesn’t require any concrete or masonry work.
  • You have a fully-enclosed garden
  • You put your garden back to the way it was when your tenancy ends

Fence off an area of my home that’s not currently fully enclosed

No, you can't make this change to your home.

If you make this change, you'll be breaking your tenancy agreement. We'll charge you what it costs us to put your home back to the way it was.

Is there anything else I should be made aware of?

Any changes you make without our permission are your responsibility. We will not repair or service these alterations. You must keep any changes you make in a good condition.

If you leave your home without putting it back the way it was − for example, by not removing appliances you have fitted − we may charge you what it costs us to do it ourselves. We will check your property before the end of your tenancy.

 
 

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