Alterations and Improvements to Your Home

Getting permission
Under the terms of your lease, you need to get our written permission before making any alterations or additions to your home.  Examples of work you need permission for include but are not limited to:

You need to get our permission for any work that will alter the structure or layout of your home, even if the work will not affect the main structure of the property, such as removing an inside wall.
Once we have received details of what you want to do we will process your application and advise if consent can be granted.

If we give permission, in some instances will also need a legal document called a License to Alter to be prepared and signed before work can start. In some cases, you may also need a Deed of Variation.
When you need a License to Alter

Changing the structure or layout of your home
- For all structural work, such as building an extension or converting a loft.
- If you intend to alter the internal layout of your home.
- Changing the use of a room
The Council does not normally allow residents to change the use of a room, for example using a bedroom as a living room. This is because most flats have a similar layout; bedrooms are above bedrooms and living rooms are above living rooms, which helps minimise noise nuisance. Having a living room above a bedroom may create noise nuisance for neighbours.
However, the use of a room may be changed if: 


When you do not need a License to Alter
you do not need a License to Alter for general internal decoration, renewal or replacement work for anything like for like e.g. kitchen units and bathroom suites.
You will need our written permission for work that may create a nuisance to neighbours, such as replacing existing flooring with wood, stone or ceramic tiles. Read our Bothered By Noise leaflet to find out more about flooring requirements.
What is a Deed of Variation?
A Deed of Variation is required when you intend to build an extension, install new windows, put in Velux windows in the loft or purchase additional land. The Deed of Variation makes you responsible for all future repair, renewal and maintenance work to the applicable areas.

Doing work without the required permissions 
If you do work without getting the required permissions including landlords consent from Partners, you will in breach of the terms and conditions of your lease. You may also be breaking Planning and Building Control regulations. If this happens, Partners or the Council may:
Order you to return your home to the condition it was in before you did the work, or take court action against you.

If court action is taken against you, you will have to pay all the legal and building costs involved.
Other permissions you may need to apply for
As well as getting our permission, you may also need to get planning permission from the Council acting in their role as the local planning authority. You may also need approval from Building Control, including a Building Notice. Please note that neither Building Control or Planning Permission constitute as landlords consent from Partners.

Before applying for our permission, we recommend you contact the Council’s Planning and Building Control Departments to discuss your proposed works with them.
When we cannot process your application for permission 
We cannot process an application for permission if you owe any service charges including major works. If this applies to you, you will need to contact the Income Team to discuss clearing your arrears first.
Extensions, conservatories and lofts
If you want to build an extension, a conservatory or convert a loft space, you need to check that you own the space you want to alter. For example, if the garden is shared, you will not be allowed to build an extension over it. The loft is not usually included in the ownership of an individual flat, even if it seems that only you have access to it. In these instances, you would need to ask us if you can buy any space not currently demised in your lease.

Please read the section on buying land and extra space.

The stages of getting permission to alter your home
Stage 1
If you want to complete any alterations to your property please contact the Home Ownership Team.

The Home Ownership Team will do some initial checks and let you know whether your proposed alterations are in line with the Council’s current alteration criteria.
Stage 2
Once we have received your completed application and relevant supporting documentation, we will pass this to our Asset Manager who will provide us with recommendations about your application. These recommendations may include site inspections. Please see below for more about our fees
Stage 3
If we are happy for you to continue with your proposed alterations, we will provide you with consent and if required ask you to send us a payment for the Council’s legal fees of preparing your License to Alter and Deed of Variation . See below for more about fees.
Stage 4
If applicable the Council’s Legal Department will contact you and/or your solicitor and draw up your Licence to Alter and/or Deed of Variation. The Licence to Alter will give you permission to do the proposed work and will state any conditions for the building work and future maintenance. You should not commence any work until you have received your completed Licence to Alter.
Stage 5
Once the work has been completed, if required under the terms of the Licence to Alter you should contact the Home Ownership Team to arrange a final post work inspection. See below for more about fees.

Cheques for the License to Alter and Deed of Variation should be made payable to Islington Council and not to Partners or Hyde Housing Association.

Alteration Fees


Partners Application Fees

Minor Alterations Applications - £81

Major Structural Alterations Applications - £102

Minor retrospective alterations- £183

Major retrospective alterations-£204


Inspection Fees

Pre Works Inspection - £180.00

Mid Works Inspection - £180.00

Post Works Inspection - £180.00


Legal Fees

Dead of variation only- £420

Deed of Variation and Licence to Alter (minor structural alterations) - £504

Retrospective Licence to Alter and Deed of Variation - £767

Deed of Variation and Licence to Alter (major structural alterations) - £767

Redrawing Lease Plans - £432.00 (Payable by cheque only made payable to Islington Council)

Valuation - £476 (Payable by cheque only made payable to Islington Council)

Licence to Alter only-£399


Please note that these fees are reviewed annually by Islington Council and are subject to change.

Valuation or Revised Plans fees must be paid by cheque payable to Islington Council. Please send cheques to Partners.

For all other fees, please call  Partners Home Ownership Team and pay by debit or credit card over the phone. Where payments (other than Valuation payments) are due to Islington Council, contact us for their bank transfer details and associated payment codes.