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Getting a Renovation Grant

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 13 Oct 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Renovation Grant Financial Help For Home

Please note, grants for renovations have been cut back in recent years and not all local authorities will be able to offer them, even if you fit the eligibility criteria.

Buying a house is possibly one of the most expensive purchases you will ever make and buying a property at a cheaper price because it needs renovating can prove even more costly, particularly in today’s climate.

Gone are the days when you could purchase a derelict building transform it into a palace and make millions in profits when you sell up.

However, most local councils now offer grants to help with the costs associated with renovating a property.

Renovation grants were introduced to provide financial assistance towards substantial repairs or improvements that need to be made to a property to make it fit for human habitation.

Homeowners, landlords and, in some cases, tenants, have access to a renovation grant, but they do come with very strict guidelines.

Granting Eligibility

These grants are provided at the discretion of your local authority and are means-tested. This basically means that the amount you will receive is dependent on your income, so the more you earn the less the grant will be.

There is, however, a maximum amount that can be awarded and this is £20,000 for owner-occupiers and tenants and between £10,000 and £15,000 per unit for landlords, although, this is dependent on the landlords overall plan of letting of the property.

To be eligible for the grant, the property itself must have been built more than 10 years ago, can’t be a second or holiday home and, in the case of owner-occupier applications, it has to have been occupied by you for at least three years before you make the initial grant request.

There are also some conditions to the grants being offered which have to be adhered to for 10 years by owner-occupiers and five years for landlords.

If the conditions are breached at any point during this time then the grant must be repaid to the council that awarded it. This also applies if the property is sold within the condition period.

Work in Progress

Renovations that qualify for a grant are, basically, those that are needed to improve the property up to the Decent Homes standard. This can include improvements such as damp proofing, re-roofing, the replacement of windows and doors or improving insulation and heating.

When you apply to your local authority for a renovation grant, you will need to provide them with some additional details. These include, two itemised estimates for the work that you wish to carry out, plans and specs if they are necessary and a deed of agreement document.

When drawing up your plans and working out the costs involved in the project, you must always get quotes from at least three places, this way the local authority will be able to make an informed decision based on an average project cost.

This information will then be supported by an application form that you can get directly from your local authority.

If you need any form of consent, whether it be planning permission, building regulation approval or listed building consent, then you must have approval from the relevant bodies before making an application for the renovation grant.

The main thing that you must remember is that the renovation grant will not be awarded for any work that has already been started on a property, so make this your first stop!

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Stace - 13-Oct-17 @ 11:01 AM
mark peters - Your Question:
I've got a large property that I would like to turn into a place so I can foster kids would I be able to get a renovation grant

Our Response:
There are not many renovation grants available at the moment. If you have already been approved as foster parents, there may be some help available for extensions and improvement. Ask at your local council.
GrantsExpert - 10-Oct-17 @ 12:33 PM
I've got a large property that I would like to turn into a place so I can foster kids would I be able to get a renovation grant
mark peters - 9-Oct-17 @ 10:57 AM
Hi I don't know what to do I'm fed up, past 5 yrs I'm trying to get local council grant to repair my house I have 2 kids my house is damped upstairs downstairs windows doors poor condition specially the kitchen damped moulds inside draws, whenever I ask they say postcode ain't been selected yet.
Nabz - 5-Oct-17 @ 7:49 PM
Maggie - Your Question:
Our flat was built in the 70's we bought it in 2006 and the council upgraded building (re rendering, gutters etc) our share was £4000 and we got a grant for being a homeowner (35%). Work was completed in Feb 2016 and we have now decided to sell will we need to pay the grant back to the council plus interest? If so how is the interest calculated. Our solicitor checked the title deeds and it's still not updated yet but we know it will likely cause a problem at some point. Regards Maggie

Our Response:
You need to contact the council and find out the terms included with the grant etc.
GrantsExpert - 3-Oct-17 @ 9:38 AM
Our flat was built in the 70's we bought it in 2006 and the council upgraded building(re rendering, gutters etc) our share was £4000 and we got a grant for being a homeowner (35%). Work was completed in Feb 2016 and we have now decided to sell will we need to pay the grant back to the council plus interest?If so how is the interest calculated. Our solicitor checked the title deeds and it's still not updated yet but we know it will likely cause a problem at some point. Regards Maggie
Maggie - 30-Sep-17 @ 8:09 AM
Fran - Your Question:
Hi, I moved back to my home county of Devon, but could only afford a "park home" at the time. I do not have any insulation, heating or hot water apart from the electric shower and boiling the kettle. I can't really afford to move. I have always worked and still do, but now I'm 57 and need soRevere dry and warm to live. Are there any grants available for me to improve my current living conditions????

Our Response:
It's worth contacting your local council. Grants and low cost loans are offered to Park Home owners in some parts of Devon.
GrantsExpert - 26-Sep-17 @ 12:50 PM
Hi, I moved back to my home county of Devon,but could only afford a "park home" at the time.I do not have any insulation, heating or hot water apart from the electric shower and boiling the kettle. I can't really afford to move.I have always worked and still do, but now I'm 57 and need so Revere dry and warm to live.Are there any grants available for me to improve my current living conditions????
Fran - 24-Sep-17 @ 8:53 PM
Josh Howell - Your Question:
Hi there,Me and my wife live in a one bedroom semi detached bungalow. My wife is disabled and recieves PIP, we're both on working tax credits too. We're both self employed and are trying to set up a upcycling business and sell vintage items, I want to base this from my house so I can care for her and be with her at all times. We have an area which could be used for an extention and build a room suitable for us to work from, is there ANY kind of grant that could fund or partially help us to do so? Thanks, Josh.

Our Response:
We're not aware of any grants for this specific purpose. If adaptations are needed to help with day to day living the Disabled Facitilites Grant might work for you.
GrantsExpert - 15-Sep-17 @ 10:21 AM
Hi there, Me and my wife live in a one bedroom semi detached bungalow. My wife is disabled and recieves PIP, we're both on working tax credits too. We're both self employed and are trying to set up a upcycling business and sell vintage items, I want to base this from my house so I can care for her and be with her at all times. We have an area which could be used for an extention and build a room suitable for us to work from, is there ANY kind of grant that could fund or partially help us to do so? Thanks, Josh.
Josh Howell - 14-Sep-17 @ 12:18 AM
Marcus Pinkney - Your Question:
Hi there, me and my other half both work and have moved into our first hone together. Its a mid terrace home. The other day I noticed that brickwork was in my yard randomly, my neighbour told me it was from my chimney and it has put a hole in his conservatory roof also. Upon closer inspection we noticed the chimney is falling and there are tiles missing in the roof. This damage or repair us not covered on my buildings insurance. Is there any help for this because we don't have that kind of money. Many thanks

Our Response:
We don't know of any grants available but your home insurance should cover damage to a third party property- make sure you check it out properly.
GrantsExpert - 12-Sep-17 @ 2:16 PM
Hi there, me and my other half both work and have moved into our first hone together.Its a mid terrace home. The other day I noticed that brickwork was in my yard randomly, my neighbour told me it was from my chimney and it has put a hole in his conservatory roof also. Upon closer inspection we noticed the chimney is falling and there are tiles missing in the roof. This damage or repair us not covered on my buildings insurance. Is there any help for this because we don't have that kind of money. Many thanks
Marcus Pinkney - 11-Sep-17 @ 6:40 PM
This is an enquiry for a friend, She is mid 50s, Has lived with her parents all of her life, Both of her parents have now passed away, She is living in a house with no central heating, Electrics have never been updated for many years, The place is falling to bits but its her family home which goes back over 200 years, She is not working due to ill health herself, Is there any help she can get to get heating, electrics, windows,doors?
smudger - 10-Sep-17 @ 7:14 PM
Leanne - Your Question:
Hi I'm on esa and pip and find it hard getting upstairs for the toilet due to my bad back and sceatica I'm wondering if I could get a grant for a downstairs toilet to be fitted

Our Response:
You might be able to apply for this via the disabled facilities grant. There's more information on that here
GrantsExpert - 6-Sep-17 @ 12:47 PM
WeeAl74 - Your Question:
Hi, Myself and my partner are in the final stages of buying our first home. Although it is lived in at the moment it has no central heating, no damp proofing, old single glazing wooden window frames are rotten, barely a kitchen and a bathroom I'll save you a discription of! The house is going to be our only and main address, we have 3 children, 18, 12 & 3. Would be qualify for any grants?

Our Response:
It's unlikely that any grants would be available for this, but you should try your local authority first of all.
GrantsExpert - 6-Sep-17 @ 11:52 AM
Adam - Your Question:
Hi. Both me and my wife would like to foster children but, At the moment we only have 2 bedrooms. One for us and one for my daughter. We have an attached garage and a good sized loft. Is there currently any grants or funding to pay for these conversations which would help us take in these children.

Our Response:
Many local authorities provide grants for property adaptions for fosterers, try your local council to see what's available in your area. The Fosterline website also has lots of information available.
GrantsExpert - 5-Sep-17 @ 12:04 PM
Hi I'm on esa and pip and find it hard getting upstairs for the toilet due to my bad back and sceatica I'm wondering if I could get a grant for a downstairs toilet to be fitted
Leanne - 4-Sep-17 @ 6:52 PM
Hi, Myself and my partner are in the final stages of buying our first home. Although it is lived in at the moment it has no central heating, no damp proofing, old single glazing wooden window frames are rotten, barely a kitchen and a bathroom I'll save you a discription of! The house is going to be our only and main address, we have 3 children, 18, 12 & 3. Would be qualify for any grants?
WeeAl74 - 4-Sep-17 @ 1:12 PM
Janice- Your Question:
My father passed away in June and he has left me his house. I am currently a council tennent paying full rent and on no benefits.There is no central heating in the house only a gas fire. Is there any grants available for me to apply for?Any advice would be appreciated.

Our Response:
No it's unlikely you will be eligible for any grants but try your local council for availability. There is no point keeping your council tenancy on if you want to move into your father's home - or you could sell the house?
GrantsExpert - 4-Sep-17 @ 9:40 AM
Hi. Both me and my wife would like to foster children but, At the moment we only have 2 bedrooms. One for us and one for my daughter. We have an attached garage and a good sized loft.Is there currently any grants or funding to pay for these conversations which would help us take in these children.
Adam - 3-Sep-17 @ 2:32 PM
My husband and I are on ESA benefit and PIP our house desperately needs a new roof and some of the glass in the windows needs replacing Are there any grants available in the PR8 area and if there are how do I go about it Thanks
Colour wow - 29-Aug-17 @ 11:17 AM
My father passed away in June and he has left me his house. I am currently a council tennent paying full rent and on no benefits. There is no central heating in the house only a gas fire. Is there any grants available for me to apply for?. Any advice would be appreciated.
Janice - 28-Aug-17 @ 8:41 AM
I need help to replace concrete guttering on my home it is leaking badly and causing a lot of damage to my internal wall structure. I do not have the finances to complete this work at present and was wondering if there is anywhere I can apply to for financial assistance.
Sue - 26-Aug-17 @ 10:15 AM
Hi I am in council house and the Came and put new bath and sink and had to do some rewiring work however they they stripped all my tiles from wall and lifted my floor ! I am now left with bear Walls and floor! I am unemployed can I get some sort off help with redoing this ?
Linzirosie - 25-Aug-17 @ 12:30 PM
I have lived in my owned property for nearly 30 years it has a flat roof and after many times patching areas it has come to the end of its life. I'm on my own and receive tax credits could I get help with the cost.
Maggs - 22-Aug-17 @ 2:51 PM
Brian - Your Question:
I Am 72 live alone own my own house having mushrooms growing on the back bedroom ceiling bad leak at the front. Badly need financial help as I have no spare money for the fix is there any grants I can get

Our Response:
Please contact your local council, they will be able to tell you if there are any grants available in your area. The Age UK website might also be useful for you.
GrantsExpert - 22-Aug-17 @ 10:19 AM
I Am 72 live alone own my own house having mushrooms growing on the back bedroom ceiling bad leak at the front . Badly need financial help as i have no spare money for the fix is there any grants i can get
Brian - 19-Aug-17 @ 3:47 AM
hi I'm the owner of a building which has been used as a bingo hall for many years an before that's it was used as an early cinema back in the early 90s due to more larger company's such as garla and internet bingo keeping this family run bingo afloat takes alot of work an when we discoverd we had bad leak in the roof and it needed replacing it was a worry until a company want to put a phone massed on top of the roof an income from that would have been an amazing help to doing to roof however the council decided to object an declare the building in a conservation area and and decided to take over the plans and have the massed put 200 feet down the road and despite doing this there is no help for us with our roof an i am despite to get some kind of grant to help to the roof especially now its in a concivasion area any advice would be extremely welcome an much apriciated
bec - 9-Aug-17 @ 8:23 AM
I'm 19 and I currently own a property that was built in 1900s and I have lived in the property for most of my life. There is work that needs done to the outside of the house, the walls are crumbling and new gutter installation is needed, due to excess water damage over the past few years
ereid98 - 12-Jul-17 @ 9:53 AM
Hi I,m disabled & get pip & my husband gets working tax credits our roof is leaking that bad that the landing ceiling has fallen in & it's mouldy over the bedroom, can I get a grant to get the roof replaced ? Please
Titch - 11-Jul-17 @ 11:20 AM
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