Improvements you can do
As your landlord, it's our responsibility to do the repairs and carry out major works like installing new kitchens in your home. There are improvements and alterations you can carry out yourself if you wish. Some of these include, but not limited to:
- Installing a cooker
- Putting in a new gas fires
- Putting in new kitchen units
- Taking out internal walls
- Blocking off doorways
- Putting in wall heaters
- Fitting a shower
- Fitting an outside light
- Building an extension or conservatory
- Putting up fencing
- Having a satellite dish fitted
- Fitting an outside tap
- Installing laminate flooring
Requesting permission from us
You must get our written permission before you carry out improvements or alterations in your home. Do not start any work until you have all necessary permissions. If you do, you could be asked to restore the property to the original condition at your own expense.
Getting permission is particularly important if you live in a flat. Any alterations may affect the fire safety of your flat or the whole building. Even small alterations such as making holes in walls for cables and pipes or fitting an extractor fan can have a serious effect.
Download and complete the form, attach a drawing if you wish, and send it to London Road office. Once someone has signed the form and agreed the work, you can start. Let us know when you have finished and we will visit to check it.
Your permit will be valid for:
- six months, for general alterations
- one month for gas and electric installations
so the work needs to be completed within this time.
There are other things that we call improvements, so it's best to ask for our permission before you make any changes or do any work in your home. You don’t need to ask our permission to decorate your home.
Work that requires building or planning permission
If the work you want to carry out needs building and/or planning permission, you need to contact us us and get our permission before you apply. If we agree to the work, it is your responsibility to get the planning or building permission and provide us with evidence that approval was given for the work to be carried out. More information on how to apply is on the Government website
Once the work is complete, you'll need to provide us with a Building Regulation Completion Certificate, to show the work is compliant with building regulations.
Gas and Electrical work
A suitably qualified person must carry out all work involving gas or electrical installations. You must obtain a safety certificate from the person carrying out the work and let us have a copy of this once the work is complete.