For both tenants and non-tenants the charge to rent a garage is £15 per week. Payment for garage rent is four weeks in advance by direct debit.
How to apply
Complete the online Garage application form.
If a garage is available we will make you an offer, or add your name to a waiting list if there are no vacancies.
You will need to provide us with photo ID, proof of your national insurance number, a completed direct debit form, and pay the first month's rent in advance before we give you the keys.
If you owe any outstanding housing debts to Runnymede Borough Council, or have a poor payment history if you have let a garage from us before, we will not accept your application for a garage.
Signing up for your garage licence
If you decide to accept the offer of a vacant garage you will need to attend the Civic Centre in person to sign a licence agreement. You will also need to pay one month's rent in advance plus set up a direct debit for ongoing payments. If you fail to maintain payment by direct debit the licence provisions allow us to end the agreement by giving the licensee seven days' notice.
Using your garage
Your garage can only be used for a vehicle and must not be used to store household or garden items. Please read our Garage Conditions of Licence below for full details of how you can use your garage.
Licence holders considering making any changes or undertaking repairs to their garage must firstly inform us to ensure the proposals are acceptable to the council and to obtain written consent before any changes are made.
This is essential to ensure that any technical issues concerning the structure of the garage and that all Health and Safety matters can be considered. For example the walls and roofing may contain asbestos, which is safe if not disturbed, but can cause damage or substantial risk if not managed and dealt with properly.
You might also have considered the possibility of running an electrical supply to have a light in the garage. You must also get our permission for these types of changes as such works must be carried out by a qualified electrician and we will need to see the relevant safety certificates for the installation. This type of work could also cause damage to other garages or the ground surrounding the garage so we need to be aware and provide our consent.
The licence agreement confirms that the garage is let for the storage of a motor vehicle and not other purposes, but if you are considering making any changes or undertaking repairs to the garage please remember that the structure of the property belongs to Runnymede Borough Council, and if any works are planned you must firstly inform the Council to ensure your proposals are acceptable and obtain our written consent before any changes are made.
The Council must assess any proposals you may have, to ensure you are aware and if appropriate advised, of any technical issues concerning the structure of the garage, so that all Health and Safety matters can be considered. For example the walls and roofing may contain asbestos, which is safe if not disturbed, but can cause damage or substantial risk if not managed and dealt with properly.
You might also have considered the possibility of running an electrical supply to have a light in the garage. You must also get our permission for these types of changes as such works must be carried out by a qualified electrician, and the Council must be satisfied that works are carried out by an approved contractor. This type of work could also cause damage to other garages or the ground surrounding the garage so we need to be aware and provide our consent.
Prior to carrying out any work or improvements you MUST contact the Housing Maintenance Department on 01932 838383 and seek the necessary permission to start proposed works. You will be asked to provide a full description of the works proposed, including drawings and illustrations where necessary, showing any areas of the garage where the structure, ceilings or flooring will be subject to disturbance and alteration. You will then receive from one of our technical officer's guidance and advice on your proposals, and when we are satisfied that your proposed works are safe and satisfactory, you will be issued with a letter of authority. We may also decide to inspect the garage after the works are complete.
Please also note you must not replace your garage door without permission, again you will need to seek written consent from us as outlined above.
You should report any maintenance or technical concerns regarding your garage or garage block to the Housing Maintenance team.
Ending your garage licence
You can give us seven days' notice to end your licence, ending on a Sunday. The keys should be returned to us by midday on the Monday following the termination date, if you fail to return the keys on time we will charge you additional rent until you return the keys and we may change the locks and recharge this cost to you. You must remove all your belongings and leave the garage in the same condition as you found it, failure to do so may result in recharges. You can terminate your garage agreement using our garage termination form:
Lock-up garages - Conditions of Licence
1. The licence is a weekly licence and the charge is due weekly.
2. The rent is due in advance on Monday each week. If you wish to pay at less frequent intervals you must ensure that payments are made wholly in advance.
3. Payment must be made by Direct Debit. Failure to maintain payments by Direct Debit will result in the licence being terminated.
4. You are the licensee of the garage and you must not allow anyone else to share your occupation of the garage or to take over occupation of the garage from you.
5. The garage can only be used for the garaging of a private motor vehicle. The garage is not designed for the storage of personal effects or furniture and should not be used for this purpose.
6. The Council is not insured to cover your car. You are responsible for insuring your vehicle and any other item contained in the garage.
7. The Council does not accept responsibility for any damage, deterioration, loss or theft of your vehicle or any other item contained in the garage.
8. You shall not use the garage for the purposes of trade or business.
9. Petrol, oil or any other combustible material must not be kept in the garage.
10. You must keep the garage and area around or in front of it clean and tidy.
11. You must not park your car in front of your garage as this can cause obstruction to other garage users.
12. You must not do or permit to be done anything in or about the garage which may be or become a nuisance or annoyance to the Council or anyone in the neighbourhood.
13. You must not make any alterations or additions to the garage without the written consent of the Council.
14. Access to the garage may be needed by any Council officer, the Council's contractors or authorised representatives for the purpose of inspection and/or maintenance. We will give you reasonable written notice for non-urgent matters. If you do not respond or do not make another arrangement for access, the Council will use alternative methods to gain access if required. In emergencies we will try to make contact with you but if we are unable to we may need to access the garage without notice.
15. You must tell the Council as soon as possible if any repair to the garage is required.
16. You may terminate the licence by giving the Council seven days notice to expire on a Sunday. The notice must be in writing and delivered to Runnymede Borough Council, Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 2AH.
17. When you return the garage keys to us you must ensure you obtain a key receipt as proof of the return; the Council will continue to charge rent until it is receipt of the keys. It is strongly urged that keys are returned in person to the Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone and not by any other means.
18. You must make sure you have cleared the garage prior to returning the keys to the Council. If you do not we will re-charge you for the cost of clearing the garage.
19. The Council may terminate the licence by giving you seven days notice in writing, to expire on a Sunday, and it will be delivered by recorded delivery to your home or last known address.
20. The licence can be terminated by the Council for any non-compliance with the conditions of licence. On termination of the licence we will change the locks and you will be charged for the cost of this work.
21. At the end of the licence, any contents you leave in the garage will be deemed to be abandoned and will be disposed of by the Council.
22. The Council reserves the right to vary the Conditions of Licence and the rent to be charged at any time upon giving notice to the licensee.