If you are a secure tenant, you have a right to carry out improvements to your home as long as you have written permission before you carry out any work and seek relevant permission from the council's planning and building control departments.
For information, contact us on 0300 123 6633.
When you move out
You can receive up to £3000 for the cost of a single improvement but will receive nothing for improvements valued under £50.
To qualify, you must:
be the secure tenant or joint tenant of the property at the time the tenancy ends, and
be the person who carried out the improvement
Improvements that have a notion of life that ranges between 7 - 20 years qualify, these can include:
bath or shower
storage cupboards in bathroom or kitchen
work surfaces for food preparation
space or water heating
thermostatic radiator valves
insulation of pipes, water tank or cylinder
cavity wall insulation
draught proofing of external doors or windows
double glazing or other window replacement or secondary glazing
rewiring or the provision of power and lighting or other electrical fittings (including smoke detectors)