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Handypersons

If you have small repairs within your home - we can help! You need to be over the age of 60, or any age with a disability and live in Southwark.

We can help if you’re a homeowner, council tenant, renting privately or a housing association tenant.

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

Types of jobs a handyperson can help with

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

  • move furniture
  • fix curtain rails, including hanging or taking down curtains
  • tape down carpets and electrical leads
  • change light bulbs and smoke alarm batteries, and install smoke alarms
  • put up shelves
  • re-glaze small windows
  • change smoke alarm batteries
  • fit internal doors
  • fit locks and security chains
  • minor decorating, carpentry and plumbing
  • small gardening jobs
  • minor fencing repairs or installations
  • build flat pack furniture
  • install grab/hand rails

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

What a handyperson can't help with

  • gas servicing
  • major building work
  • electrical work

If you're a council tenant or housing association tenant and the repair you're requesting is part of your tenancy agreement, you should contact your respective repairs team.

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 £20 per hour plus material costs
  • if you’re not receiving benefits, we charge £40 for the 1st hour and thereafter £30 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 older and disabled homeowners and private tenants who want to repair or adapt their homes

Page last updated: 08 December 2022

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