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Getting a Renovation Grant

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 28 Jan 2020 | 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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I was wondering if I could get a grant to get a loft conversion done as I’m in a two bedroom council house with a 13-year-old daughter an 11-year-old son
Nikki - 28-Jan-20 @ 2:45 PM
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Mandie - 28-Jan-20 @ 2:35 PM
I'm a tenant I'd like to know what Grant's are available for double glazing, and renovation to a single wall damp ,black bathroom
Sjd76 - 26-Jan-20 @ 9:39 AM
I own my house, and have lived here,for about 1 0 yr, I'm on benefit s, need double glazing, theirs so much condensation, and can't affordto keep heating on all time, can i get any help?
Jilly - 25-Jan-20 @ 9:36 PM
Could someone advise me if there are any grants available to install and sort out the following Services Water and Electric not installed, Septic Tank,in a house for someone who has a mobility problem
smallholder - 23-Jan-20 @ 11:41 AM
I am a landlord and would like to know how I apply for a grant for a new roof
Pete - 19-Jan-20 @ 8:48 PM
Hi I am nearly 70 years old I am on a state pension and claim pip Would I be able to get a grant as my property needs a new roof Thank you Brian
Brian - 19-Jan-20 @ 10:50 AM
Could you please advise I would like to apply for a grant for a roof
Brian - 18-Jan-20 @ 11:38 AM
My father is a disabled pensioner and lives in a grade 2 listed cottage and he needs the front side of his roof rethatching. Is there any help he can get?
Sammy - 15-Jan-20 @ 9:04 AM
I'm a 64 year old who would like to know if i could get a grant on my bungalow to make it a two bedroom for my gran-daughter who soon will become homeless and has mental health issues
Primrose - 14-Jan-20 @ 3:43 PM
I live in my alone I'm on sea so I dont have the money I need a damp courseas it's so damp in my house
Trace - 13-Jan-20 @ 1:53 PM
Hello an unknown water leak has rotted part of my kitchen floor which has started crumbling away. My insurance doesn't cover the repair. I'm 70 and my outgoing from my pension disallowed me a bank loan. Is there anything out there that can help me with repairs please.
Marg - 8-Jan-20 @ 3:19 PM
Hi my roof is leaking but insurance won’t pay as they say it due to property age/lack of maintenance. I hadn’t realised it was leaking so badly until recently. I’m looking for it to be repaired. Are grants available for repairs please?
Helen - 20-Dec-19 @ 2:00 PM
Hi I been living in my property for 18 years now my late partner passed in 2014 I m left with a mortgage and over the years I really need some repairs doing my toilet leaks and I can't use the cooker as it knocks all electric off I need home improvement grant to update my bathroom kitchenI'm on benifits of Universal Credit and pip I have a severe hearing impairment long term health condition
Roz - 10-Dec-19 @ 5:01 AM
I live alone in my mortgaged house and the roof is leaking in quite badly I'm only looking for a grant to repair it if that's possible as I live hand to mouth each month and can't manage any expensive repairs.
Mcr - 28-Nov-19 @ 12:10 AM
Hi need some advice on grants available for failing roof. The economic climate has left me in a situation that means I can’t borrow money to repair a failing roof on a Georgian house. I wondered if there might be any forms of funding or grants available for a homeowner in Cornwall
Jg - 21-Nov-19 @ 8:00 AM
Hi I live in an old farm house my husband owns, it has damp throughout and also windows and doors that leak air and water into the house, even have wild mushrooms growing inside property, would I be entitled to a grant to sort out this problem?. Thanks
Sophie - 10-Nov-19 @ 7:32 AM
Hi, I’m looking into buying a house. The house I’ve seen is 119 years old and has dry rot through out. The house has a major roof problem that will need prob a new roof. There dampness in most of the rooms and has electric heating that is badly needing up graded. Basically the house is falling down and without any of these getting sorted it is only going to get worse. It is a semi detached house and next door is a doctors surgery. I wouldn’t know where to start in applying for a grant or even if this house would be suitable to get a grant on it.
Wandros - 8-Nov-19 @ 5:45 AM
Hi Im wanting to buy a house and it needslot done to it am I entitled to a grant for it
Shas - 4-Nov-19 @ 4:40 PM
Hello Im50 yrs of age, I am only able to work part time due to my disability, I recieve universal credit, would I be able to get a new roof, as the slates are all coming loose and fulling off, and leaks in the loft .
Tina - 25-Oct-19 @ 7:05 PM
Hi. I am a 66year pensioner living on state pensiotopped up with pension credit guarantee. I am also on personal independent payment due to physical and mental health issues. My roof is losing slates and leaking. Can you help or tell me what help is out there for me. I live in south ayrshire. Scotland. Anita
Anne - 25-Oct-19 @ 9:38 AM
Hi, I am currently trying to obtain a grant for windows and doors. Has anyone been successful in any of their applications?
Scooby2410 - 23-Oct-19 @ 6:36 PM
I am 65 and live in a three bed room semi detached house, it is a old house with chimneys, my roof slate tiles are broken and moved from their places, can I get government grant to have new roof .
Sal - 14-Oct-19 @ 4:44 PM
Hi I have lived in my house for nearly 20 years the roof has began to leak and I'm wanting to know if I can get help with getting a new roof
JB - 4-Oct-19 @ 2:09 PM
I am 24 and have multiple sclerosis i part own a house with my mum . We have lived there 4 years and my room is a mess . Its raining through the roof the external wall is wet through and the house is always cold upstairs . Are we eligible for a grant to sort the roof and walls out . Thanks . My mum is on pip as she had major spinal op 4 years ago and i work part time and get pip too .
Trickster - 29-Sep-19 @ 1:32 PM
Hello. I bought a house 10 yrs ago, me and my family have lived on the first floor since because of the state of the second floor. The roof is leaking and the wall is falling to bits. The whole house needs renovation but we are not able to as I'm unemployed. My wife is currently earning nearly £1,500 a month. Her income is just enough to pay the bills, mortgage and loans. Having 2 kids doesn't make it easier as well. Will we be able to get a grant?
MangLi - 24-Sep-19 @ 10:09 PM
I am an oap and need a new roof it is about to collapse and is very dangerous please can you help/
bill - 20-Sep-19 @ 11:53 PM
Hi me and my husband both over 60 and deseble we had adopted toilet and shower down stairs been 12 to 14 yearsneed lot of work as we haven't got money am I eligible to get grant to have it done cos their is water going inside wall so comeing up damp tiles fallen and wet wall creating drain flysand when it comes comes in hundreds wet room with kitchenso I think it's not heiggginhope some one can help
Hasi - 28-Aug-19 @ 12:21 PM
Hi I am looking to see ifI am entitled for any grants to get my house roughcasted as it’s a wooden property
None - 23-Aug-19 @ 9:15 AM
My dad signed house over to me and has since passed away.I am looking to do it up it's in desperate need. I am 55 and working part time . I live in Swansea sa5 . I dont even have a flushing toilet , I need new windows and back door . My guttering has been knocked down by fallen trees . I could do with decorating also and have some damp issues did to no downpipes any chance of some help
Jackfan63 - 16-Aug-19 @ 12:41 PM
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