As part of the Scottish Secure Tenancy Agreement - Housing (Scotland) Act 2014, secure tenants have the right to make improvements and/or alterations to their home with the support of their landlord.
To do this, you must apply for landlords’ consent from the Sales & Consents Unit (SCU) before making changes to your home. This ensures any work is carried out safely, professionally and in line with the legislative framework currently in place. It is also important to be aware of any potential changes to the law which could impact on the decision taken by the SCU. Therefore, you should request consent through the housing online portal to ensure the SCU can provide the necessary support and guidance.
What is an improvement and / or alteration?
Examples of the things you need consent, include:
- satellite dishes and TV aerials
- external lighting
- electrical work (inside or outside the property)
- working on gas appliances
- CCTV and other recording devices
- fencing, gates and posts
- decking, paving, slabbing or patios
- heating systems or fireplaces
- kitchens and bathrooms
- removal or repositioning of internal walls
- gazebos, huts, summerhouse or playhouses
- pens, or runs, for animals
- pigeon lofts
- brick walls
Request landlords consent to make changes to your home
You must get landlords consent before you begin any work inside, or outside, your home. Please wait until you have received written consent before you start any work.
You can request landlord consent by registering or logging on to Housing Online