Home improvements

If you would like to make improvements to your home, please send a written request to your housing officer/tenancy manager.

We will consider your request, in line with our policy and procedures. You will be given a written response with approval to go ahead, or the reasons why consent has not been given.

Our consent, which is never unreasonably withheld, must be given before any work is carried out.

Every year we carry out improvements to our properties. The improvements are done region by region. We decide which work is done and where by using information gathered from residents and the knowledge of local staff. Work includes replacement of windows, kitchens and bathrooms.

Reinvestment programme

We have detailed information about all our properties and are currently putting together a five-year reinvestment programme to ensure all our properties meet, and continue to meet the Decent Homes Standard.

What is the ‘Decent Homes Standard’?

Decent Homes is a standard set down by the Government. In order to meet the Decent Homes Standard, a home should be warm, weatherproof and have reasonably modern facilities.


Sanctuary has negotiated nationally for the best deals on items such as the windows, kitchens and bathrooms in your homes. These deals enable us to provide the best value for money items and a consistency of products across the country. This helps us in the future maintenance of your home.

Our preferred kitchen supplier is Howden’s Joinery Ltd. We specify their Greenwich range of units for all our kitchen refurbishments.

If we are replacing uPVC windows our preferred window supplier is Anglian.

Our preferred boiler supplier is Vaillant. To find out more, please visit the Vaillant website (this link will open in a new window).

The addition of aids and adaptations to your home can help you to live more independently, with privacy and dignity.

If you would like to request an adaption to your home, please call 0800 131 3348 or 0300 123 3511.

We will review your request and advise if an assessment is required. We will also work with you to gain the necessary funding from your local authority.

There are two types of insurance that should be considered in relation to your home:

1. Buildings insurance

Sanctuary insure your buildings against damage. This insurance covers the building structure and items such as your kitchen and bathroom. It does not cover any of your personal belongings.

2. Contents insurance

Contents insurance protects all the items within your home not covered by the buildings insurance policy. Items generally covered by contents insurance includes; carpets or floor coverings, furniture, curtains, clothing, kitchen appliances and other valuables. The purchase of contents insurance is optional but advisable.

You can buy contents insurance from all leading insurance companies.