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Grants for Property Repairs and Maintenance

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 24 Sep 2020 | 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 I wonder if you can help me. I am in receipt of Pip and ESA benefits and I am a homeowner. I am hoping to receive help through the Government's new Green Deal for double glazed windows. But I have been told that even though my present double glazed windows frames draughty, handles broken off, and windows not closing together properly, that I might not qualify as my present windows even though very old are double glazed. Is this correct? Also my roof is leaking in one place and drips onto the floor upstairs. I am so worried about these problems as I live alone and have no help or money apart from benefits I receive. Please can you advise me. Thank you so much
Summer - 24-Sep-20 @ 11:52 AM
Hi IAM 64 yrs and IAM 28 stone and a typ 2 diabetic and I need help with the repairs around my house please I need help with windows in my living room and the stairs needs looking at and the lights switchesneeds looking at.. please can you help me.. yours Kevin Davies
Gitto - 2-Sep-20 @ 12:45 PM
Hi IAM 64 yrs and IAM 28 stone and a typ 2 diabetic, and I need help with repairs around my house please. My living room windows don't open. My stairs needs looking at and my light switches needs looking at.. etc... please can you help me.. your Kevin Davies..
Gitto - 2-Sep-20 @ 12:40 PM
Dear Mr or Miss I am writing to you as I am worried about my mummy mum kitchen ceiling plaster boardhas came down . SHE cannot afford to repair it and was wondering if you know anyone that could help or at a low cost please . Yours sincerely Miss bould
Michelle bould - 19-Aug-20 @ 7:54 PM
could you tel me how I apply for a house proud grant. My house need a lot of TLCbut mostly I need a new rewire then redecorationI would like to apply for a grant for this as I am 66 years old a pensioner and no cloe femily to help me do thisso need to pay trades men.
allana - 11-Aug-20 @ 5:11 PM
I’m a home owner and have my mum 82 living with us she has a disabled badge for car although she’s still receiving AA and state pension she recently had her pension credit stopped saying her money coming in went over the amount to be able to obtain this. She also has Dementia we tried to have our garage converted to wet room for her but it’s proving too costly at £18.000 so considered a stair lift could we get help with either of these options do you know?
Dot - 1-Aug-20 @ 4:20 PM
I’m disabled I’m on disability benefit I was wondering if I can get some help to repair my house and put the downstairs toilet and ashower upstairs and electrics need looking at
Sue - 31-Jul-20 @ 3:32 PM
I want to pay for repairs to my daughter’s house up to 20,000. Can I do this?
Ian - 23-Jul-20 @ 4:27 PM
My daughter’s house needs repairs and alterations. Could I pay this for her without being charged tax.
Ian - 23-Jul-20 @ 4:15 PM
Hi I’m registered disabled and currently my house is in need of major repair which I’m unable to get on top of due to lack of money. Windows aren’t double glazing, most of the frames are now rotting away - this means I use a lot of heating to keep my home warm. Also the floor boards are rotting too and some are starting to give way which scares me as I’ve had hip replacement and unsteady on my feet. Also my kitchen roof leaks in when there is heavy rain. We’ve previously paid someone to try fix but not enough money to complete the work required. Is there any help at all I can get to just make my home safe and reasonable to live in without worry . Thanks
Dorothy Heyworth - 21-Jul-20 @ 3:12 PM
I have severe COPD/Asthma and various other health conditions, l am on oxygen 24/7, my front windows need replaced as they are faulty, bedroom window, won't open or shut properly and there is a terrible draft. My back windows are fine, but the person who fitted front windows, made a mess when installing them.Weatherseal were taken over, who also call themselves Weatherseal and my guarantee is no longer valid.Would l be entitled to any help with the cost. Obviously l am disabled.Hopet o hear back from somebody soon. Thanks in advance.
Mary-pops-in - 12-Jul-20 @ 5:10 PM
My dad age 80 owns his own house, minimal savings has asthma, arthritis, circulatory issues. He is living in a house full of damp, poor quality windows, guttering issues. Are there any grants I can help him to apply for. Unfortunately I work Pt and single parent so unable to financial my help him.
Katykat - 20-Jun-20 @ 9:01 PM
I'm disabled single mom my youngest is 7 and I desperately need help with any repairs at this point mainly new windows so we don't have to live in gear of all the lizards etc getting in only problem I don't own my home yet I have another year fee months in the mean time the house needs repairs i cant possibly afford and advise please on were i can get help please??
Dee - 20-Jun-20 @ 6:31 AM
Hi I am mother of two children(7years old)one with autism and development delay.me and my husband both work. Our roof is very old and have mould in the winter.how can I get some help to repair my roof and wall?
Shanu - 12-Jun-20 @ 2:35 PM
I am a carer, I care for my partner who has disabilities, she is in receipt of pip, universal credit, I claim carers allowance, am I entitled to a home improvement grant. The roof tiles need renewing I am 63 I am the owner of this cottage, am I entitled to a government grant to assist me and my partner? Thank you, yours, michael
Mickey - 13-May-20 @ 4:26 AM
In addition, home repair - fix. Maintenance around house. Please help.
Al babz - 28-Apr-20 @ 2:25 PM
Hi sorry I did send a comment for help but it's disappeared, i am in receipt of esa, pip and universal credit, my bath has came away from the wall, water is going down the side and is leaking from underneath, I'm scared to have a bath as it's getting worse, icant afford to renovate and I do need the bathroom for my disability needed, if anyone could help would be much appreciated.
Mike - 13-Apr-20 @ 11:49 AM
I am disabled in receipt of esa and pip . My roof is great need of repair . Some of the wooden slats are rotten and some of the beams . It also leaks . Plaster coming of the bedroom walls and ceiling . Is there a grant i can apply for please .
Lyndy lou - 18-Feb-20 @ 11:59 PM
Hi I’m 60 a homeowner and work part time living alone! Can I get any sort of grant to repair or replace my roof!!
Avril - 9-Feb-20 @ 11:42 AM
I work part time would I be eligable for a grant to help with my leaking roof.
Sue - 3-Feb-20 @ 1:43 PM
Could I get a grant for Damp course please my house is so damp
Trace - 14-Jan-20 @ 1:11 PM
Hi, My ex-husband, has dementia and is living with my daughter who is 17, the roof of the house is in need of repair as is some of the wall in my daughters bedroom where the roof has been leaking into her room and then through into the living room.It is starting to affecttheir health.My ex cannot sleep in his bedroom as the water that came in has caused the plaster to come off and also some of plasterboard to come down.Is there any grants that I can apply for on their behalf. It is starting to affect both of their mental health.Thank you
TopCatt - 9-Jan-20 @ 9:37 PM
I have just purchased a bungalow and discovered dry rot on floor boards, am I eligible for any financialhelp
Sharon - 22-Nov-19 @ 9:15 PM
I am deseble 63 years and my husband deseble as wellhad wash room done down stairs and room25 years a go and it needs doing but we live on benefits haven't got any other income or savingcan I get any help of grant
Hasi - 19-Nov-19 @ 1:30 PM
I am 63 years of age and deseblemy husband 71 With health problem and we had deseble people shower done long a go needs doing again but as we don't have ant income and saving Want to know is there any grant available to do importantof my house please as I can't go up stairs hope I get help thanks
Hasi - 19-Nov-19 @ 1:22 PM
I am a widower and I need your help to complete my house project which is under construction.
Enslie - 10-Nov-19 @ 1:10 AM
Hello Sir/Madamç, I have a residential housing project which is under construction but has not completed yet because the funds I loaned from a commercial bank was not sufficient. Can your organization be of some assistance to me and my children? Kind regards,
Enslie - 10-Nov-19 @ 12:54 AM
i am a seventy- one year old who along with my wife managed to buy an older type house with the proceeds from the sale of my late mothers home in 2016. we could afford nothing better than this one needinga lot of updating and renewals.I had spent the previous 25 years paying my mothers mortgage so she could remain in her house until she died. When she died there was a debt on the house, so to pay this off i had to sell her house and with the proceeds bought the older house as stated. On october 22- 2018. the neighbour after a long running domestic dispute with his wife, exploded gas cylinders in an attempt to kill himself and wife. He failed in this, but caused severe damage to their house and a lot of damage to ours. my wife, son and i were extremely lucky not to have been killed or seriously injured.we were made homeless after this and spent the ensuing 5 weeks in a grotty hotel. Eventually, we found a rented flat and are needing to pay high rent and all the expense of buying new equipment, deposits: etc: Our home was not insured adequately at the time because of its unfinished condition, although it would have been by christmas 2018.The neighbours wife had insurance on their house but that company refuse us any compensation on the grounds that she was not responsible for the explosion.We have tried many avenues of help, but to no avail.Charged well over 2 thousand pounds by a solicitor (not an expert) and got nowhere. Local council do not do any type of renovation or repair grants anymore.Estimated costs of our repairs would be around 30 thousand pounds. The male neighbour got only 5 and a half years imprisonment for causing many hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage and nearly killing 5 people.... what a mad world. Any useful comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. thanks.
bill - 9-Nov-19 @ 10:48 AM
Hi, I'm a home owner and work part time, am I legible for a grant to urgently repair my leaking roof please? Thank you
Urgently Hoping - 6-Nov-19 @ 2:42 PM
We have a leaky roof and have been getting work done gradually on it. However, more issues are arising some of which is a problem with next doors abutment but also due to wear and tear. Can we get a grant for it’s repair we know that it will be quite expensive?
LeanneG - 6-Nov-19 @ 9:28 AM
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