Right to Compensation for Improvements

The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 introduced regulations regarding the tenant’s 'Right to Compensation for Improvements'. The regulations establish the legal right that tenants can expect to be compensated for various prescribed improvements provided they have sought permission of the Co-operastive to make the improvements.

The regulations give clear guidance on the types of improvements that would qualify for compensation and a formula for working out the depreciated value of the improvements. Any compensation would be payable net of any outstanding rechargeable repair accounts and rent arrears.

Details of the procedure for seeking permission to make improvements and claiming compensation are given in the Co-operative’s Right to Compensation for Improvement Policy. Details of qualifying repairs under the right to compensation are given below.

ItemImprovementNotional life (years)
1 Bath or shower 12
2 Sound insulation 20
3 Wash hand basin 12
4 Toilet (WC complete) 12
5 Kitchen sink (including base unit) 10
6 Storage cupboard in bathroom/kitchen 10
7 Worktops 10
8 Space/water heating 12
9 Thermostatic radiator valves 7
10 Insulation of pipes, water tank or cylinder 10
11 Loft insulation 20
12 Cavity wall insulation 20
13 Draught proofing of external door/windows 8
14 Double glazing/other window replacement/secondary glazing 20
15 Installation of mechanical ventilation in bathrooms 7
16 Rewiring/provision of power and lighting/other electrical improvements (including mains wired smoke detectors) 15
17 Security meaures, excluding burglar alarm systems 10


For further information on the right to compensation for improvements you would like to make to your home please phone our Asset Manager on 0141 336 2138.