Improving your home
As a tenant, you must have our permission before starting and making any alterations to your home. If the improvement work involves altering the structure of the building, plans will need to be drawn up by a builder or an architect.
You can request our permission to make improvements or alterations to your home by emailing the details of the improvement works you'd like to carry out to email@example.com or by writing to:
South Holland District Council
Here are a few examples of home improvements that would need our permission:
Disabled Aids and Adaptations to your home
What are aids and adaptations?
We can install a range of home aids or adaptations to help you live more independently or improve your standard of living. These include:
- Grab rails usually near a bath or toilet
- Handrails - to make stairs and steps safer
- Lever taps - to make it easier to turn taps on and off
- Alert devices - installing or updating alert devices to improve safety (eg fire alarms, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors)
- Visibility improvements - changing the type of lighting, upgrading home access, or improving heating or surface finishes.
We aim to complete minor adaptations within 28 days of receiving the necessary referral.
- Stair lifts
- Level-access showers
- Complex ramping
Where major adaptations are required, we will consider whether we have other properties that would are more suited to your needs. On occasion, we may ask you to move rather than adapt your home.
How can I have aids and adaptations installed?
Requests for adaptations such as a stair lift or wet room must be referred to adult social care support from Lincolnshire County Council (opens new tab)or call them on 01522 782155.
Any adaptations will be subject to a financial means test and you may be entitled to a Disabled Facilities Grant or you may be asked to make a contribution toward the cost of the works. You can assess your finances on our calculator here
What happens next?
Upon receipt of your Occupational Therapist recommendation:
- We will send you an application form to complete and return (including a financial means testing form).
- On receipt of all requested documentation, we will check your grant eligibility and notify you within 14 days whether you have been successful.
- Successful applications are forwarded to a relevant contractor for a survey to be completed on your home.
- Plans are submitted for the works and forwarded to our Planning Department if planning permission is required.
- When plans are agreed, contractors are appointed and dates will be confirmed as to when works can commence. The timescale for completing the work depends on the complexity, the cost and the availability of contractors. All works must be completed within 12 months of the approved grant application. Once installed, we will maintain, repair and service all approved adaptations for you.
Council home improvement programme
Every year we support a program of improvement works to our housing stock to ensure each home meets or exceeds the 'decent homes standard'.
The improvement works we do includes roofing, fitting of new kitchens and bathrooms, central heating renewal, electrical upgrades, external painting of woodwork and general repairs to brickwork and paths. We also support the annual servicing of gas and solid fuel heating appliances and have a five year cycle of electrical checks.
If your property is going to be included in one of our home improvement upgrades, we will tell you in writing. You may also be asked to allow access to your property before work begins so that we can carry out home surveys for measurements and other things to prepare for the work. Anyone who visits your home on behalf of the council will carry an identity card, so if they cannot show you one, you can refuse them access.
Details of home improvement works
Works are prioritised based on the age and condition of the elements of the property. So, it is possible that a neighbour may be included in one of our improvement programmes and your home isn't. We will write to you in advance of any works beginning. If you are still unsure and would like to find out when your home is scheduled for improvement works, please contact us on 01775 761161.
There is no cost* to tenants for these improvement works and doesn't affect the amount of rent paid. However, if a tenant wishes to have a shower installed as part of the bathroom refit, the tenant will need to pay £136.64 as a one-off charge.
*For leaseholders - communal work such as those carried out as general repairs, the leaseholder will be consulted on the amount required to be paid.
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Please note: if you have applied for the Right to Buy, no further improvement works will be carried out.