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Grants for Property Repairs and Maintenance

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 29 Jul 2019 | comments*Discuss
 

From time to time, all properties need repairs or maintenance carrying out. This may be for safety reasons, aesthetic reasons, or to increase efficiency and so reduce costs. Unfortunately property repairs and maintenance are often costly. There are however various monetary schemes and grants available to assist.

Home Improvement Agencies Scheme

This is a Local Authority scheme that provides assistance for energy efficiency measures and immediate essential repairs. These could be any repairs from a need for loft insulation to a need to repair holes in floor boards.

To qualify for this scheme, the applicant must be a homeowner (which may include private landlords). Tenants may also be eligible if they are renting privately and have maintenance obligations under their tenancy agreement.

The scheme is not means tested. However Local Councils have a limited budget and so those with low incomes who are unable to repair an unsafe property are likely to be prioritised on a greatest need basis. Speak to your Local Council about whether they run this scheme in your area and your likelihood of acceptance. You can also find out from this list on the Housing Care.org website

Equity Release Scheme

This is another Local Authority scheme. However you must be aged 65 and over to qualify and the scheme will only consider applications in respect of essential repairs.

This scheme essentially works as an interest free loan, allowing you to borrow a small amount of money against your home. It allows you to essentially obtain a second mortgage, but not have to repay any money until your property is sold (which could be after your death).

This option does however come with a warning: if you still have a mortgage on your property, it is advisable to discuss the current equity in your home with a lawyer or your local Citizens Advice Bureau before pursuing applying for the scheme. This is because you will have to pay any shortfall to lenders if your property does not have enough equity upon sale.

Disabled Facilities Grant

If you are registered disabled, you can apply for a disabled facilities grant. This is a grant for facilities necessary to assist someone with a particular disability. It has previously been used to pay for items such as handrails, stair lifts and electric beds.

If you are disabled, speak to your Local Council about applying for this grant. Whilst it isn't directly designed for general property maintenance, the money could be used to assist a disabled person to make their property safe. For example if you have limited mobility and your wooden staircase is rotting and unsafe, the grant could be used to install a new staircase with safety rails which is necessary to keep you mobile. This is therefore an indirect way for a section of society to pay for the cost of urgently needed property repairs.

House Proud Scheme

This scheme gives out low cost loans to homeowners and tenants over the age of 55. The money borrowed is to be used specifically for property maintenance and renovation. As well as urgent repairs needed for safety reasons, this maintenance could also include energy efficiency measures such as installing loft and cavity wall insulation and double glazed windows.

This is a loan and so the scheme will have to consider credit ratings to establish the risk involved in lending. However for those with a low income about to enter retirement, this is a much better option than taking out a bank loan to pay for property repairs, as the interest rates are considerably lower than the national lenders average.

Energy Efficiency Grants

For property repairs such as replacing old windows with new double glazing, there are a number of other energy efficiency grants available privately through large energy companies.

Following the government's Green Deal programme, large energy companies were obliged to offer grants and incentives to assist people to install energy saving measures. This can be as small as a water company providing free water saving devices such as tap inserts to reduce the flow of water by up to 70%. However some companies also offer incentives such as a fixed lower rate for those installing energy saving measures, so that the cost is recovered over a period of time in savings on your bills. Whilst this is not a direct way of getting assistance with property maintenance, it can help those struggling to pay the cost of repairs by lowering other monthly outgoings. There is information about to how to talk to a green deal assessor on the government's website.

There are a number of monetary assistance programmes and grants available through your local government and private schemes to assist homeowners and private tenants with the cost of property maintenance and repairs. Local Government Schemes often only run for a short period of time. However new schemes are regularly introduced so it is important to speak to your Local Council if you require assistance. Your local Citizens Advice Bureau may also be able to provide you with advice about options available to you and to fill in any applications.

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Hi just asking if I can some help my next door they have got wet rot wood rot and dry rot and known it’s started to come in my house so I went and told them and all they say well we had it for a long so I ask them for there insurance and they said no we will call them but I known they won’t so I got to repair all what they done so all I want to know is there any help out there please help I am a disability parsons
Shaky509 - 29-Jul-19 @ 7:19 PM
I am looking to renovate 3flats that's been occupied by tenants over the years the property has deteriorated as not much maintenance has been done and I have just bought this property from a landlord and I have kept the tenants as they have been living there for few years now, they are all on benefits and I want to make it a better place for them to live so can you please help me and let me know what grant I can get to get this property upto a standard.
Cletus - 26-Jul-19 @ 4:22 PM
My house is 3 bedrooms we want to do an extension and make a driveway however we don’t know what we have to do to get one I would like to ask for a grant but I don’t know how to apply for it I was told that it will cost about 15000-20,000.
F - 6-Jul-19 @ 3:16 PM
How do I apply for a property grant thank you
Tilly - 24-Jun-19 @ 11:17 AM
Good afternoon My grandparents who are 69 and 70 have been Informed their sewage system (silo) is in incorrect regulations. They need to pay for a new system estimated £2,100 which they don't have the funds for. Is there any schemes available for them to receive a grant? Thankyou for your time
Jonathon M - 31-May-19 @ 4:48 PM
I am 62 I bought a house a year ago , had a surveyor go over the house he gave a good report , my roof has since started to leak not in one space but a few , I thought it was the storms we have had ,l got a surveyor from my insurance they would not pay for the roof said it was not storm damage said the roof was perished nails tiles all perished I live on my own can I get a government grant to help me I have a low income.
Evo - 29-Apr-19 @ 9:28 AM
Hi I have a conservatory roof that’s started leaking I’m in social housing but the housing have said it’s my responsibility due to previous tenants putting the building up and I had signed to take it on. I am unable to work due to health with arthritis and skin problems and have 2 young children 3 and 9 is there any help I can turn too?
Sar1992 - 8-Apr-19 @ 12:51 PM
I am a single woman aged 62, I have retired but not yet eligible for my state pension so am surviving on tiny pensions that total £306:23 and rental from a property totalling £465:28 (which is the tenants housing benefit)and £30 a month which the tenants do not always pay.This totals £771:51 which I am sure you will appreciate is only just enough for me to cover my living costs .I therefore have no savings or spare cash to effect repairs on my property. I live a long distance from the house and have been relying on the tenants to inform me of any problems with the property(which they have failed to do, and so small problems have now become major problems )the bath surround has come away from the wall resulting in water causing the kitchen ceiling tofall apart and damp down the wall which has now resulted in the plaster coming away from the wall between the kitchen and lounge and the door falling off its hinges. they have also allowed the overflow from the toilet to drip down the outside wall so this has also caused plaster to fall off the wall in the kitchen. I have been into the property this week(to arrange fitting of a new tap in the kitchen) and am appalled at the state of it. they have been in for just over 5 years and have not taken care of the basics (like washing the net curtains or the main curtains , they have clearly been smoking in the property) I replaced the fridge freezer but again they have failed to tell me that it failed (while under guarantee ) the oven has rusted( how I fail to understand )Part of me would like to evict them and sell the property, but I do not have the funds to do so, and as they support each other with ongoing mental health problems (hence they are unemployed) I am reluctant to evict as they would undoubtedly be separated and this would not help any of them. How do I show compassion and support when they treat my property and me like this? What Help can I get ??I don't want to be landlord of a slum, I have a conscience and don't want them living in these conditions but can't rectify it on my own. HELP!!!
panicking - 23-Feb-19 @ 8:31 AM
I am 69 disabled at high rate Bournemou council agree to Renault my home so I moved out government changed after agreement so it never happenedI am no being harried and threats of fines and penalty they say there are no grants anyore i have very few basic facility's a shed windows no proper heating and in poor health sqaters took overy home for 3 years the council has chaged me £10,500 concill tax when the sqaters were requesting releafand rent on roadand I can't get legal aid I am at the end of my tether
Santa - 24-Jan-19 @ 11:10 PM
My 80-year-old mother had a stairlift fitted and her bathroom adapted 12 years ago via a disabled grant arranged by the Local Authority. She is now in a home and I would like to remove the stairlift and sell it to cover the cost of making good. The LA has said they would like the stairlift back if possible but they will not make good the carpet and the stairs and have also said that it would save them charging us retrospectively for the equipment [ as they reserve the right to bill us]. My mother is not wealthy though she does own the house which is mortgage free, she is in receipt of Pension Credit and Attendance Allowance. We previously received a Direct Payment from the LA and they now fund most of the Care Home Fees. The home is my principal residence, I am over 60yrs of age and cared for my mother full time with the support of agency carers for 8 years until her illness became unmanageable at home. My question is: Who is the legal owner of 'installed' equipment ie the stairlift? Can I dispose of it and use the monies to make good the staircase and re-instate the bathroom?
Scribbler - 4-Jan-19 @ 1:07 PM
my ex partner is 56 and gas a 2 bed terraced house. He is disabled due to a severe stroke which paralised one side of his body. His roof on the house is in serious need of repair as water is causing damage to the bedroom ceilings. He owes a small amout approx £500 on a re mortgage he took out years ago. He is on benefits so cannot pay for repairs. He has been quoted £3,000 for a new roof. can he get any assistance
nita59 - 18-Nov-18 @ 11:57 AM
My daughter is s single parent on health benefits. She has a mortgage on a Grade 2 listed third floor flat. The dormer windows are in poor state of repair, draughts are sealed up with gaffa tape. She has no savings and cant afford the badly needed repairs. Is there any funding she may be able to apply for
Nanny - 7-Nov-18 @ 9:25 PM
I own my semi detached house with no mortgage,but the floorboards and joists have collapsed under the stairs and hallway.I have no savings.Is there a grant available for repairs please?I am 81 yrs old, living alone as a widow and my only income is the state pension. There are also some pointing/guttering issues that need fixing also some ceilings that need repair because of large cracks. is there any financial help avialable please?
jlajupiter - 6-Nov-18 @ 3:40 AM
Hi, I'm on Universal Credit & own my own home outright, I need emergency repairs to my gable end which I have been informed could be in danger of collapse during a storm. All the pointing came away during the last storms & in places i can see into the inner cavity due to cement falling out, Is there any help available as its a danger to me & my child ? I live in the Gateshead Tyne & Wear area.
Steve - 17-Oct-18 @ 1:30 PM
Hi, I’m seeking advice on behalf of my son Richard, aged 46, who has mental health issues. He will never work again and is on benefits. He is currently in a local mental health facility to stabilise his medication. He lives in a small flat, owned outright, however his bathroom and kitchen are in a bad state and depressing, which is not good for his mental wellbeing. Could you please advise me if there are benefits/funding available for such purposes and if so how can he apply. Thank you Rodders
Rodders - 26-Sep-18 @ 11:24 AM
Am in Kampala Uganda in East Africa, am aged 29, for now am still seeking a job, and my parents are old, but there house is full of cracks, and the iron sheets got rusted and there linking and the Door Locks no longer work. Is there any help i can get. Am ready to provide proof of everyting needed and your free to come and take a look at the house condition. I need something like £5000 GBP. Am on my knees begging for your help please
AFRICAN MAN - 16-Sep-18 @ 3:11 PM
Hi I'm due to move into my new property in just over a weeks time. I recently got the keys to my new home and when inspected the property noticed that the kitchen has quite bad rising damp. I have medical conditions and are a bit worried this may affect my health. I am worried my landlord will not do the works that are needed to resolve the damp issue and do not want to go through the procedure of contacting the council as I am worried I will be served notice. Is there any help I could get to resolve this issue as a damp home is not the best to live in. The damp in the kitchen is quite bad on the walls and rises quite high which is also behind the kitchen units so new kitchen will be needed. Any advice would be appreciated.
G - 30-Jul-18 @ 11:20 AM
Max- Your Question:
My home is in an old sandstone building. It has developed major structure issues over the years & I'm struggling to get my home up to standard to fix it. I can't sell it due to the condition. It's a one bedroom flat & we have a 9 year old. Apparently my buildings insurance doesn't cover the repairs. What are the conditions for a Grant? I feel I'm being fobbed off by the council.

Our Response:
Renovation and repairs grants are few and far betweem. If you are in receipt of universal credit etc, there may some basic repairs that are covered. The Turn2Us grant search is a good resource here
GrantsExpert - 29-May-18 @ 10:39 AM
My home is in an old sandstone building. It has developed major structure issues over the years & I'm struggling to get my home up to standard to fix it. I can't sell it due to the condition. It's a one bedroom flat & we have a 9 year old. Apparently my buildings insurance doesn't cover the repairs. What are the conditions for a Grant? I feel I'm being fobbed off by the council.
Max - 29-May-18 @ 8:52 AM
Hi I have a problem with the back wall of my house I think it has a crack in it & is bowing out and the really bad wether with the rain has damiged it inside of the wall and the celling. Please can you help with this problem as I have 4 children
Tango - 2-May-18 @ 2:25 PM
I am lucky to have a council prefab/bungalow. I am disabled and feel afraid all the time I also need mobility scooter. I would feel a lot safer if I had a gate at the side of my home and a brick out door building to house a scooter which is so badly needed. Can anyone tell me if this would be excepted as good reason for a grant .
Mr A Lone - 27-Apr-18 @ 2:45 PM
cliff - Your Question:
I live in privater rented property I only pay 400 a month on condition I do repairs my facia and soffits badly need replacing due to being rotton timber ialso would love to get underfloor insulation as there are drafts from floorboard as theres a void any advice would be helpful as I am on pesion credit 76 years old and dissabled I have to use oxygen

Our Response:
Please take a copy of your lease agreement to Shelter or Citizens' Advice for details of which repairs you should be responsible for. Replacing soffits and facia boards, while maybe necessary will also be of huge benefit to your landlord should he/she wish to sell the property. There should be a definition of the repairs you're responsible for.
GrantsExpert - 25-Apr-18 @ 11:19 AM
coygdave - Your Question:
Recently, the ceiling in my lounge collapsed. This was as a result of recent heavy rain which had which had seeped through the outer wall. To repair the ceiling and render the outer wall will cost £7,000 and my insurer will not help as the policy does not cover "water damage". My husband and I are both in our eighties and have limited resources at our disposal. Are their any grants available to assist us?

Our Response:
We don't know if you will get anything but it could be worth looking at the Turn2Us grant search
GrantsExpert - 24-Apr-18 @ 3:34 PM
i live in privater rented propertyi only pay 400 a month on condition i do repairs my facia and soffits badly need replacingdue to being rotton timber ialso would love to get underfloor insulationas there are drafts from floorboard as theres a void any advice would be helpful as i am on pesion credit 76 years old and dissabled i have to use oxygen
cliff - 24-Apr-18 @ 9:57 AM
Recently, the ceiling in my lounge collapsed. This was as a result of recent heavy rain which had which had seeped through the outer wall. To repair the ceiling and render the outer wall will cost £7,000 and my insurer will not help as the policy does not cover "water damage". My husband and I are both in our eighties and have limited resources at our disposal. Are their any grants available to assist us?
coygdave - 23-Apr-18 @ 1:32 PM
iam looking for £5000 grant to repoint and damp proof outer walls of my property with PVT Injection into walls
Peter Dowling - 12-Oct-17 @ 9:24 PM
Annmarie - Your Question:
I live in a 60' narrowboat in Worcestershire and receive income based JSA. Housing benefit pays for my canal & rivers trust continuous cruiser licence. I have no savings. I need to black the hull of my boat this year. I have had this boat for 2 years & it needs blacking every 4 years minimum to prevent rust from eating the steel hull. It was last blacked in May 2013. DIY will cost £300 to dry dock the boat, £60 to jet wash it. £8 for a brush and £124 for anti foul bitumen black paint. Please advise if I can get any help with this expense. Thank you.

Our Response:
We're not aware of any funding for this type of work.
GrantsExpert - 13-Jun-17 @ 2:22 PM
I live in a 60' narrowboat in Worcestershireand receive income based JSA. Housing benefit pays for my canal & rivers trust continuous cruiser licence. I have no savings. I need to black the hull of my boat this year. I have had this boat for 2 years & it needs blacking every 4 years minimum to prevent rust from eating the steel hull. It was last blacked in May 2013. DIY will cost £300 to dry dock the boat, £60 to jet wash it. £8 for a brush and £124 for anti foul bitumen black paint. Please advise if I can get any help with this expense.Thank you.
Annmarie - 11-Jun-17 @ 7:19 AM
Hello my husbandis 76 gets AA and I'm on PIP and disabled and just been told I'm unfit to work. We need our house front pointing and decorated because of damp. Is there any financial help I could get please?
Mary Taylor - 19-Jan-16 @ 8:32 PM
i have recently been awarded pip for medical problems and someone told me I may be able to get a disability grant as I live in an older house with severe problems ,broken floorboards, deep enamelled bath which I cannot get out of without help. I have electric heaters as back up for gas fires because the cold affects my medical problem... Can you tell me if you think I may qualify for help with this housing problem.
benny - 10-Feb-15 @ 9:16 PM
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