Luton Borough Council
What are my rights and responsibilities as a council tenant?
My council home has a garden - what do I need to know?
If your council home has a garden you will have certain responsibilities towards maintaining it, and certain rights about what you can do with it.
Maintaining your garden
If you have a garden you are required to keep it well maintained. By this we mean that the grass must be cut; trees and hedges trimmed and the entire area kept free of rubbish at all times. You must not erect any structure in garden such as a shed; pigeon loft; aviary; conservatory; or carry out any hard landscaping, without our written consent. Permission will not be given for the installation of garden ponds.
Parking in your garden
You can park in the garden of your home provided you have a dropped kerb to enable you to access across the pavement, and an approved hard standing in the garden. If you do not have both of these and are found to park in the garden of your home you will be in breach of their conditions of tenancy.
If you wish to install a dropped kerb we will pay 50 per cent of the costs involved in the installation. The remaining 50 per cent of the cost of the dropped kerb and the installation of the hard standing must be paid by you. If you decide to install a dropped kerb and hard standing you must not park in your garden until both the dropped kerb and hard standing have been completed.
Only secure tenants can apply for the installation of a dropped kerb and permission will not be given if you owe us any outstanding money.
Boundaries and fences
The maintenance of boundaries and fences for your council home are mainly your responsibility. Fences are supplied in the following circumstances where the boundary is our responsibility:
- is adjacent/opens to a public path
- is for communal areas
- is adjacent to public alleyways
- opens onto a public highway
If you have a pet, it is your responsibility to provide a higher or more secure fence if you require this for your pet’s security.