Before you carry out improvements or alterations to your home you must first complete an application form setting out details of the work you propose.
There are a number things to think about before applying to make improvements to your council home.
Recovering the money you spend on changes
When your tenancy ends you may be able to claim back the money you spend on improving your council home. You should check if what you plan on changing is covered under our compensation rules.
Certain types of work require planning approval or Building Regulation approval (or both) before they are started. It is your responsibility to get the necessary approval, draw up any necessary plans and pay any appropriate fees. You may wish to contact the planning department for advice and information about this before deciding whether to proceed.
Any council consent may be subject to you obtaining planning or Building Regulation approval. Find out what alterations you might need planning permission for.
Many homes built between the 1950s and early 1980s are likely to have asbestos containing materials within them. Before you start to plan any works to your home and to find out more about asbestos and where it may be in your home please find out more about Asbestos and how to protect yourself from the risks. If you have any concerns about asbestos within your home you should complete our online form.
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