Permission Requests

Alterations and Improvements

If you wish to make any changes to your property, you must obtain permission from Homes for Life first. All requests for changes must be submitted to the Company either in writing or by downloading and completing the Permission for Alterations-Improvement document, and signing this before returning it to the office. If you make any changes without permission, we will ask you to return the property to its original state. If you fail to do so, the Company will arrange for this to be done and will charge you for doing so.

The most common requests for alterations are:
  • Installation of satellite dish
  • Laying of laminate flooring
  • Installation of a shower
  • Erection of garden shed

Your Tenancy Agreement states if you want to carry out any alterations or improvements to your home, you must apply for our permission in writing first.

Examples of alterations are:

  • Replacement kitchen units
  • Replacement sanitary ware
  • Replacement doors
  • Replacement light fittings
  • Building a garden shed or lay decking
  • Constructing a driveway
  • Lay any other form of flooring other than carpet or linoleum e.g. laminate flooring
  • Install any kind of external aerial or satellite dish

We may approve, or withhold permission, or perhaps apply conditions for approval but permission will not be unreasonably withheld. We will inspect the works on completion and ensure you have met any conditions we stipulate, that you have gained any necessary planning permissions, and the work complies with Health and Safety legislation.

We will recharge you for the removal of any unauthorised alterations to the property and any damage they may have caused, should we become aware of them or have to remove these at the end of your tenancy

Some examples of alterations which we do not allow :

  • Paint finishes to kitchen units or internal doors
  • Timber linings to walls or ceilings
  • Removal of room or cupboard doors
  • Removal of kitchen units
  • Paint finishes to gas or electric fire casings, including radiators
  • Artex or textured finishings to ceilings or walls
  • Polystyrene tiles or coving to ceilings
  • Laminate flooring in upper flats

Please remember that you must wait until you receive a confirmation letter from us before any alterations are made. You may be entitled to Compensation for Improvement.

Sub-let or Lodger request

Similarly, if you wish to sub-let your property or take in a lodger or partner, you must either inform us in writing or complete the appropriate Permission to sub-let or Permission for lodger or partner form and return to the office.>


If you wish to keep a domestic pet check section 2 of your Tenancy Agreement. Please contact the office if you require clarification of this.