Handypersons

If you're aged 60 and over or have a disability and in receipt of a benefit for your disability, we can help you feel safe and independent in your home.

We can help if you’re a home owner, council tenant or renting privately. We can’t assist housing association tenants.

To find out if the Handypersons scheme can help you, contact us by calling 020 7525 1863 or by email Handypersons

Types of jobs a handyperson can help with

Our handypersons can help with small repairs or adaptations. They can:

  • move furniture
  • hang or take down curtains
  • tape down carpets and electrical leads
  • change light bulbs
  • put up shelves
  • re-glaze small windows
  • change smoke alarm batteries
  • plumb or un-plumb washing machines
  • fit internal doors
  • fit locks and security chains
  • install smoke alarms

If you need a repair that's not listed above, please contact us and we'll let you know if we can help.

What a handyperson can't help with

  • gas servicing
  • major building work
  • decorating
  • gardening
If you're a council tenant and the repair you're requesting is part of your tenancy agreement, you should contact repairs on 020 7525 2600 or repairs@southwark.gov.uk

What we charge

 Our handyperson costs are the following:

  • if you’re receiving housing benefits, income support, council tax benefits, pension credit, disability living allowance or attendance allowance, we charge £10 per hour plus material costs
  • if you’re not receiving benefits, we charge £20 per hour plus materials costs

Other help you can get

  • Housing adaptations works closely with occupational therapists who assess council tenant needs and recommend necessary adaptations to your home.
  • Home improvement agency (HIA) offers a service to elderly and disabled home owners and private tenants who want to repair or adapt their homes.
  • Builders Award Scheme helps residents choose reputable trades professionals

Page last updated: 27 April 2017