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Home improvements

Under the terms of your lease you can only carry out internal alterations or improvements to your home if you get written permission from us on behalf of Haringey Council. This is because the landlord has to protect the structure and safety of the building. We will only refuse permission if we have very good reasons for doing so.

Please note you may also need planning permission and/or building regulations approval. Check Haringey Council's website (external link) for further details on this.

It is in your best interest to discuss any home improvement plans with us before committing to the works, especially as solicitors will ask about landlord consents for any alterations you've done when you sell your leasehold property.

What types of work need landlord consent?

These are the main types of work for which you will have to obtain our permission:

  • Any addition or alteration to the structure of your flat
  • Any alteration to the outside of your flat including a new vent for your boiler or a satellite dish
  • Installation of new windows and exterior doors - see below
  • Removal of any internal walls
  • Alterations relating to the plumbing, gas and electricity resulting in changes to internal supply pipes and circuits
  • Individual gardens.

Please see our complete list of types of home improvements that require landlord permission for leaseholders. The table also lists related charges.

Please send your application to our Homes Sales team, Homes for Haringey, Level 2, 48 Station Road, London N22 7TY or email it to: homesales@homesforharingey.org.

Important: If you carry out home improvements without getting landlord consent where necessary, you will be breaking the conditions of your lease. In this case, we have the right to ask you to re-instate your flat as it was before the works were carried out. Or we can arrange to do it ourselves and charge you the costs for this.

If, at any time, we have questions about the works you have carried out either with or without our consent, we have the right to enter and inspect the inside of your flat once we've given you notice.

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General works requirements

Please ensure the following when carrying out home improvement works:

  • Keep noise and dust to a minimum.
  • Don't store building materials or equipment in communal areas.
  • You can only carry out works between 8am and 6pm, Mondays to Fridays, and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. Don't carry out works on Sundays.
  • Don't leave rubbish in communal areas, but make sure you dispose of it correctly in the available communal refuse bins. For more information on disposing of waste material, visit Haringey Council's website  (external link)

Any work that affects the structure or the outside of the building must be agreed in advance. Where such work can be agreed it must include full reinstatement or making good.

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Installing new windows and doors

At present, the policy to allow leaseholders to replace their own windows and doors is on hold pending a review, because of concerns that have been raised about alterations that may affect the performance of the building in the event of a fire. It may not be appropriate for independent contractors to carry out alterations to some of our buildings, and full Building Control approval may be required for these alterations. Consequently, we will not be accepting any new applications until the review has taken place.

If you have any queries, please email the Lease Compliance & Home Sales Team at homesales@homesforharingey.org.

What if I have already installed my own windows and doors?

For the reason stated above, we will not be accepting any retrospective applications until the review has taken place.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused while the review is taking place.

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Page Last Updated:

30 January 2019