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By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 3 May 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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There are a range of grants and loans for landlords, but what is available from council to council varies. Many local authorities feel that landlords shouldn't have access to grants and loans because they have built up a substantial amount of equity in the property, however, others believe that by having access to these funds tenants will reside in acceptable accommodation.

There are, however, grants available for energy efficiency, HMO conversion and the renovation empty properties for use by tenants.This form of funding is very complicated and each council has different criteria for awarding the grant to landlords. For example, some means-test landlords to assess whether they are eligible for the award and others specifically target landlords that have secure tenants in place.

Becoming energy efficient

Following the introduction of Home Information Backs (HIPs), it has become easier for homes to be given an energy rating. A recent study revealed that an average four-bedroom house has an energy efficient rating of 'E' - which is quite bad considering that 'A' is the best and 'G' is the worst.

Making a property energy efficient can be a very expensive task, but having loft and cavity wall insulation not only helps increase the property's value, but has also become essential if owners wish to improve the saleability of the property.

Pre 1990 houses and those built between 1935 and 1980 are the worst affected and are the primary targets for the Heat Project grants, but this doesn't mean that houses built since then can't get financial assistance.

It is estimated that by installing loft and cavity wall insulation a household can save as much as £250 on their annual fuel bill, not to mention reducing their carbon footprint.In order to qualify for this grant, at least one member of the household, including tenants, must receive one of a list of benefits, including income support, housing benefit or pension credit.

HMO conversion grant

In April 2006, the government introduced a new legislation that required landlords to licence their property if it fell into HMO status.A HMO is basically a building, or part of a building, that is occupied by people who don't live as a single household - with a family relationship. This group of people must also share basic amenities, for example a toilet or bathroom.

Self contained flats that were originally one very large house can also come under the HMO legislation if the conversion was below the Building Regulations standards set out in 1991 and tenants acquire at least a third of the flats.

The HMO conversion grant can be anything up to £30,000 and is used to bring the property in line with the minimum HMO standards.This type of work includes fitting the appropriate fire precaution and safety measures for tenants and meeting the minimum standards required for fixed amenities, such as kitchens and bathrooms.

There are many conditions to meet in order to be eligible for the HMO Conversion grant and these vary depending on your local council. The best thing to do, before applying for the grant, is to check whether or not you are eligible to receive the funding with your local council.

Empty property grant

If you own a property and it has been empty for more than one year, you have the option of being able to let it to council-nominated tenants on a long term lease - usually between five and ten years. If you do this, you could be eligible for an Empty Property grant.

This form of funding covers 50 per cent of the cost of renovation work, including any heating or insulation work.The grant can also be used for properties that are in a substantial state of disrepair or to convert a property from being a single household to a multi household.

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Hi just bought old property1880 .the rough cast is falling off are there any grants to fixthis and the dampness in the house
Jamie - 3-May-17 @ 4:36 PM
Hello we have just purchased a property which is a listed building and in a conservation area. The property would benefit from a number of improvements 1. The property has rising damp in one area of the utility room - any grants to assist 2. The outside of the property has some of the pillars that are crumbling and the facade of the building would benefit from some restoration. 3. The roof tiles around the chimney need replacing. 4. The boiler has been replaced but the radiators need changing. 5. Roof insulation
Kaks - 30-Apr-17 @ 8:37 PM
Hello we have recently purchased a property which is a listed building in a conservation area, the property needs some restoration and improvement on the outside and inside there is a problem with rising damp. Are their any grants available to us to assist in having the repairs done please
Kaks - 30-Apr-17 @ 8:31 PM
I am a trustee of a building belonging to scouts and guides in the town.The building was originally a drill hall for the Home Guard and was then 'gifted' to the young people of the town.We now have to maintain and ensure it is'safe' for the young people to use The whole buildng is in need of renovation however we have now discovered that the kitchen contains asbestos we have been quoted £950+VATper day for at least 5 days work to remove the asbestos.Obviously until this has been removed we cannot start any renovation work.Is there any grants we can apply for to help with the cost of this?
Di - 3-Mar-17 @ 10:22 PM
Shamsul - Your Question:
I am aged 73 years old , I am disabled with having disability of heart condition,head Heart attack,followed by heart operation , stroke, diabetic high blood pressure left me disable , unable to work to earn more money to repair my house which badly need fixing including the roof which in bad condition ,Please let me know are there any government grant available to fix my house or any other grant , please advice me how approach for help.Thanking you RegardsS Chowdhury

Our Response:
It may be simpler to try a resource such as Turn 2 Us where you can input all the relevant details.
GrantsExpert - 2-Mar-17 @ 10:23 AM
i am aged 73 years old , I am disabledwith having disability of heart condition,head Heart attack,followed by heart operation , stroke,diabetic high blood pressure left me disable , unable to work to earn more money to repair my house which badly need fixing including the roof which in bad condition ,Please let me know are there any government grant availableto fix my house or any other grant , please advice me how approach for help. Thanking you Regards S Chowdhury
Shamsul - 28-Feb-17 @ 2:08 PM
Nifty - Your Question:
Hi I own a small country pub and we were given landords takeover by lawyers but the tenants completely gutted the hotel leaving us just the four walls is their any grant to help us get this hotel up and running so we can at least trade

Our Response:
We don't know of any this specific. Have you tried legal action aginst the tenants for compensation?
GrantsExpert - 24-Feb-17 @ 2:06 PM
Hi I own a small country pub and we were given landords takeover by lawyers but the tenants completely gutted the hotel leaving us just the four walls is their any grant to help us get this hotel up and running so we can at least trade
Nifty - 22-Feb-17 @ 10:13 PM
I am a landlady and I have purchased a beautiful 2 bed flat it is pre 1860,  it has beautiful extra tall sash windows, but all the windows are extremely draughty, and the flat is very cold. One of the windows has huge hole that runs the length of the windows and is about 1 foot deep, you can see straight through to the outside wall. It was originally one very large house, then in 1864 I believe it became the old Young People Christian and Literary Institute and is the only block in the street that was partially destroyed during WWII. I would appreciate your help and advice with keeping the flat warm, how to become energy efficient. Thank you.
Spaul - 22-Jan-17 @ 6:33 AM
I am a landlord who has a house in desperate need of Windows, siding and roofing. It was built in 1959 and has the original windows and siding that are completely falling out.the house is currently empty and has been for a while since it's in desperate repair. Could I qualify for a loan or grant? I would like to get it rented as soon as possible and could rent it to a lower income or a disability person
Jay - 19-Jan-17 @ 11:23 PM
I bought my house from housing executive last march. They told me 1 1\2 yrs ago I needed new front and back doors as they are warped. The work was never done. Is there a grant I can get to help me replace them, I'm on benefit's. Thanks
Tilly - 14-Jan-17 @ 11:16 PM
bungy - Your Question:
Hello I have two problems in that I have roof on a my house purchased 16 months ago that leaks and is making the house very damp – it looks like the roof may have been replaced 10 years ago but was only cheaply done just tiles no felt – basically not done properly it is it is not insulated. The next problem looks like the old ceiling in the upstairs of the house is completely asbestos Can I get this removed under a grant

Our Response:
Did none of these things show up on the survey when you purchased the property? You should check with your local council to see if any asbestos removal grants are available in your area. Other than that you will probably have to fund the roof repair yourself.
GrantsExpert - 4-Jan-17 @ 11:44 AM
Hello I have two problems in that I haveroof on a my house purchased 16 months ago that leaks and is making the house very damp – it looks like the roof may have been replaced 10 years ago but was only cheaply done just tiles no felt – basically not done properly it is it is not insulated . The next problem looks like the old ceiling in the upstairs of the house is completely asbestos Can I get this removed under a grant
bungy - 3-Jan-17 @ 7:52 AM
lisajane - Your Question:
I own my own home and I recently paid for some repairs on my roof. only to be told that we rearly do need to have a new roof done.(old slate roof ). is now beyond repair.I am a single parent in full time work and can not meet the full cost of having a new roof. I have also tried to get a loan from the high street but no been able to due to poor credit.is there anywhere I can get some help from. Any advice appreciated.

Our Response:
Firstly get a second opinion from an recommended roofing expert, secondly ask your local council if there are any grants or low cost accessible loans (only select those that they recommend) in your area. The Turn2Us website also has lists of grants and help you might be able to find.
GrantsExpert - 9-Nov-16 @ 12:25 PM
I own my own home and i recently paid for some repairs on my roof. only to be told that we rearly do need to have a new roof done.(old slate roof ). is now beyond repair. I am a single parent in full time work and can not meet the full cost of having a new roof. i have also tried to get a loan from the high street but no been able to due to poor credit. is there anywhere i can get some help from. Any advice appreciated...
lisajane - 8-Nov-16 @ 2:48 PM
Staybo - Your Question:
My husband and I own our own home and would like to upgrade our windows throughout the whole house as they were the original double glazed windows from the 1960's they let so much cold through and we get condensation and damp on the walls from them. We was wondering if we would be eligible to get a grant to replace these, we both work full time?Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Our Response:
It's unlikely you would be eligible for a grant for this, but try your local authority and also the Turn2 Us Grant search tool
GrantsExpert - 8-Nov-16 @ 10:42 AM
My husband andI own our own home and would like to upgrade our windows throughout the whole house as they were the original double glazed windows from the 1960's they let so much cold through and we get condensation and damp on the walls from them. We was wondering if we would be eligible to get a grant to replace these, we both work full time? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Staybo - 6-Nov-16 @ 11:18 AM
Hi i rent a propertyhave been here a year & have 3 small children under 5 . The house has double glazedwindows in half the house the other is single glazed& theyare rotten & its so cold in these rooms i have asked to see if he can do the rest but hasnt got the money to do it as the property was empty for a whileis there any systemsor schemes to helphim, i have decorated the house throughout as haven't been touched in years , he also mentioned the rent might go up if he does put them in but have read that all landlords have to put them in by law in 2018 Thanks Ashley
ash - 9-Oct-16 @ 5:43 PM
Bobby - Your Question:
I have a BTL house which is occupied by tenants. It has a rising damp problems and a low energy rating. I would need a grant to firstly tackle thee rising damp and also help with gaining the property a better energy rating. Could you help?

Our Response:
We don't give grants directly but try both your local council and your energy company. There are some legacy grants/funding left from the old green deal/boiler scrappage schemes etc that might help.
GrantsExpert - 30-Sep-16 @ 12:42 PM
I have a BTL house which is occupied by tenants.It has a rising damp problems and a low energy rating.I would need a grant to firstly tackle thee rising damp and also help with gaining the property a better energy rating.Could you help?
Bobby - 29-Sep-16 @ 6:03 PM
trickydicky - Your Question:
I have had a salesman at my door telling me that there are grants available for re roofing my terraced house as the tiles are no longer available. My roof is still watertight and not in need of repair at the moment is this information correct

Our Response:
This sounds dubious to say the least. Roofing grants are very difficult to find come by these days.
GrantsExpert - 15-Sep-16 @ 12:53 PM
I have had a salesman at my door telling me that there are grants available for re roofing my terraced house as the tiles are no longer available. My roof is still watertight and not in need of repair at the moment is this information correct
trickydicky - 14-Sep-16 @ 2:34 PM
I own a BTL property built c 1900.It has an F EFC rating. I really want to improve the carbon footprint of the property and of course hopefully save the tenants some money on their energy bills. Are their any grants available that can help me? thanks
Sonja - 29-Aug-16 @ 8:33 AM
I am in my daughter's 1 bedroom flat and paying £ 300 pcm but it needs renovation.As she is unemployed and looking for a job in England,she appreciates my payment towards the flat mortgage which meant no money to do the renovation ! I am a senior citizen receiving state and pension credit.Who can I turn to for help ?
Chomel - 21-Jul-16 @ 12:06 PM
Hi My husbands claims Jobseekers allowance for us as a couple.We are both over 60 and wondered if there is a grant available to help us towards damp proofing our home.We own our home and it was built around 1930.
Meercat - 25-Jun-16 @ 4:11 PM
I am a private landlord and have a tenant that has a mental illness and is on council funded benefits, The property is an old mansion block divided into 4 flats. My ground floor flat (owned for one year) has no sound insulation and the noise from above is intolerable and I have agreed to sound insulate the ceilings to Part E building regulation standard. My tenant has complained constantly so felt obliged to act. I am doing room by room but is very costly. Would I be eligible for a grant for this work. So far I have had her bedroom sound insulated and intend to progress as time and funds permit. I would like to think of myself as a considerate landlord but this work will cost several thousands of pounds. Thanks
Keith - 31-May-16 @ 9:50 AM
Hi I'm a secretary for a local village hall committee and we have just discovered whilst making enquiries for a quote to re-wire the whole hall, that there is asbestos in many parts of the building and that no electrician will undertake the work. We acquired a full report from an asbestos professional company and a further quote.The quote to remove the asbestos will be in the region of £40,000.Are there any grants available for this type of work?As we will not have nowhere near this kind of savings to carry out the work!
Cefnbraich - 29-May-16 @ 8:17 PM
Hi, I was wondering if we would possibly qualify for a grant. we own our own home, (still paying a mortgage,) however my husband is no longer able to work and is registered disabled. I am his full time carer and also suffer with ill health. Our home over the years has become over crowded as we have 6 children and a 3 bed home. Due to the sudden change in circumstances we no longer have savings, and are no longer financially in a position to move. We desperatly need to add 2 more bedrooms, although we have a small garden, we do have the attic and a single storey extension at the rear that could be built up. Our home was built in 1901 and we have owned it for nearly 16 years. Please advise. Thanks.
BusyMum31 - 19-May-16 @ 3:53 PM
Mike - Your Question:
I am a trustee of a 400 year old building. The top floors are let as offices, and I have discovered that there is no insulation in the roof at all. The trustees are all volunteers and use a lot of the rent maintaining the building. Would there be any grants available to help us make the building more energy efficient?

Our Response:
You could try the Funds for Historic Buildings , or check out the Energy Saving Trust's information on insulation grants. It might also be worth looking at contributions from the inhabitants of the offices.
GrantsExpert - 14-Apr-16 @ 2:32 PM
I am a trustee of a 400 year old building. The top floors are let as offices, and I have discovered that there is no insulation in the roof at all. The trustees are all volunteers and use a lot of the rent maintaining the building. Would there be any grants available to help us make the building more energy efficient?
Mike - 13-Apr-16 @ 9:43 AM
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