The Association takes the view that our tenant(s) should be encouraged to improve their homes where that improvement is clearly seen as beneficial. The right to compensation for improvements means that tenant(s) have the right to be compensated for qualifying improvements with compensation payable at the end of the tenancy. A qualifying improvement is one which has received the prior written consent of the Association (this excludes any improvements that are carried out by means of a grant). The amount of compensation payable is based on the costs incurred by the tenant(s), depreciated over time.
A list of predetermined improvements covered by this policy is given below, together with their notional lives. This is not a definitive list, and other improvements may be considered on their merits.
Should a request be received for any other improvements, than those listed, it will be referred to the Association’s Board for approval.
Any tenant(s) who wants to carry out an improvement, must first of all apply to the Association, in writing, detailing the improvements they intend to carry out. The Association’s written approval must be given before any works can begin. It should also be noted that although a proposal for an improvement on the list is acceptable in principal, it may nevertheless be rejected in particular circumstances of the case due to the following:
- It is too costly
- It is out of keeping with the rest of the dwelling
- It will be unduly expensive to maintain
- It will make the dwelling difficult to let in the future
- It will be unsuitable for possible future occupants
- It is one that the Association expects to make within a reasonable time
All requests for qualifying improvements are to be carefully considered on their merits by the Association, and where necessary, a site inspection will be carried out. Generally, any request under this policy, should be approved or rejected, in writing to the tenant(s), within 10 working days following the next available Board meeting.