What kind of improvements can I be compensated for?
Updated: 17 Mar 2019
You can only get compensation for certain improvements that were started on or after 29th July 2003.
These include installing, replacing or fitting:
- a bath or shower
- wash-hand basin
- kitchen sink
- storage cupboards in bathroom or kitchen
- work surfaces for food preparation
- space or water heating
- thermostatic radiator valves
- insulation of pipes, water tank or cylinder
- loft insulation
- cavity wall insulation
- draught proofing of external doors or windows
- double glazing or other external window replacement
- secondary glazing
- rewiring or the provision of power and lighting or other electrical fittings (including smoke detectors)
- any object that improves the security of the dwelling house but excluding burglar alarms.
Decorating the inside of your home does not qualify for compensation.
What can I claim compensation for?
You can claim compensation for:
- the cost of materials (but not appliances such as cookers or fridges)
- labour costs (but not your own labour).
When you apply for compensation you will need to give us an invoice showing the cost of the improvments.