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Getting a Renovation Grant

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 7 Aug 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 currently have 2 bed council house which I rent it's very small I have a 7yr old girl and a 1 Yr old boy who cannot share a room due to very opposite everything habits, my little boy has just started sleeping a whole night but has resulted in me sleeping downstairs so they have a room each. Are there any grants to adapt my pokey house to give it three bedrooms and a Bigger kitchen (not kidding you can touch the walls outstretched) I have no way of moving as been waiting for nearly 2 yrs for a council exchange and still 24th in queue plus I love the area and its close to school and family also can't go private as can't afford it.
H - 7-Aug-20 @ 12:46 AM
My house is derelict and the back wall is settling due to a faulty wall and patio doors without a proper lintel can I get anything for it at all
H - 5-Aug-20 @ 7:47 PM
Hi I’m a home owner with Copd and I’m 61years old my roof is leaking and I can’t afford to get it repaired I don’t have insurance either so can you help in anyway
Mmb7 - 4-Aug-20 @ 8:38 PM
Hi, Due to various downpours and storms over the past year our dormer roof has started to leak, causing insomnia within the household due to persistent worry and stress whenever it starts to rain. I would appreciate if someone could get back to me as soon as possible. Many thanks!
the sower - 30-Jul-20 @ 4:38 AM
I am one parent I have two doughters and my grandoughter who live with me I have got bad health problems my house is very damp I would be great full if I could get help with the bathrooms kitchen and the ceilings thank you so much S Ashcroft
Sanny - 29-Jul-20 @ 6:12 PM
Hi could you please help repair my roof. I'm on universal credit thank you. Its leaking in to my bedrooms.
Anna - 29-Jul-20 @ 3:08 PM
hello I have moved into a property that is totally knackered. It needs a new kitchen and decorating. I am a single mum with a child on low income. Can i get a grant Thanks
naheeda - 29-Jul-20 @ 12:50 PM
I had a severe accident n broke my spine in two places. I then had a stroke. I have managed to keep my house however the front chimney is in desperate need of repair and the budlea growing removing. Also my roof has some damage and a number of builders have said it will need redoing very soon. Not because the tiles are bad but because there is no waterproof membrane inside the loft for the tiles to go on, and the nails that hold the tiles are starting to come loose. I am disabled and trying to save towards getting this work done but a grant or financial help would be a huge weight off my shoulders Please consider this request Thank you
Ms Dean - 28-Jul-20 @ 5:17 PM
I have two young children with one special need,my house is very old and bathroom is leaking to the kitchen,kitchen is very old and fall a part.My walls are very old and mould in the winter.can I apply for renovations grant?
Shanu - 21-Jul-20 @ 9:43 PM
Hi there, I have recently purchased an old Church, it is in need of a full overhall.I was wondering if there are any grants available to help renovate it back to good condition, a lot of the materials have to be of the same or equivelant standard as it was before? Thanks in advance, Fartomas.
Fartomas - 21-Jul-20 @ 4:27 PM
Single mum of three, work full time however I do not have any savings and I have broken / missing tiles on my roof, there is also nothing on the underside of the tiles so rain is coming straight into the loft. Also have a leak above bay window in bedroom. Would a grant be available to me even though i work full time?
AliC - 19-Jul-20 @ 1:46 PM
Hi I live in my 3 bedroom house with my family wife and 4 kids my oldest daughter is 19 years old 17 years old son 15 years old son 12 year old son 10 years old son and 6 years old son I need help from my Concil to extend my house to have anther 2 bedrooms Can I get any grant from Concil I working but can’t get Mortage for new house if I sell my house I can only get funds back to pay my existing mortgage back Plz advise me on this I will be very great full May thanks
Malik - 15-Jul-20 @ 12:23 PM
Im a single parent of 3 and work party time.I have a 3 bed house n need a 4 bed as children getting older.Too expensive too move so want to build an extention.But difficulty getting a re-mortgage due to single parent n part time employment.Would i be eligible for a renovation grant
Rai - 13-Jul-20 @ 11:51 PM
Our kitchen wall is very rusty and and bathroom floor very mouldy.
Zaynah - 13-Jul-20 @ 10:16 PM
Hi My House some windows need to changed &roof is very old need to change, also my Conservetery roof has leaked and rain water comes inside. Bcz of old roof feeling too cold in the winter.How much I can have grant? Looking forward to your reply Thanks Gargi
Gloria - 12-Jul-20 @ 11:53 PM
Hi please can I apply for a renovation grant to re render my walls. The rendering is now so bad my inside walls are black and wet when it rains. I have managed to have one wall insulated externally but cannot afford to do the rest. I have tried remortgaging and taking some of my pension pot ouf but I'm worried unless it's done the next winter will damage my house further.
Sanj - 11-Jul-20 @ 5:10 PM
Can i apply for a grant for my kitchen because they are falling apart and they are over 30 years old and cannot be repaired. I am on a low income and in receipt of working tax credits.
Poppet - 10-Jul-20 @ 2:20 PM
I am living with my dad he take care of me. He a pensioner. Can we get a grant to fix our roof and mould problem. Redcar and Cleveland area
C higgins - 9-Jul-20 @ 4:46 PM
Hi can you get grant for roof. Our house was built in 1950s and we live in corner house. When we have bad weather our roof gets battered by high winds and we end up loosing tiles. The roof really could do with changing as l know felt is ripped under tiles and some tiles are cracked.
Jack - 9-Jul-20 @ 9:30 AM
My husband and I are retired teachers.We are hoping to renovate 4 of our original wooden sash windows so that they are draft proof.Like wise we need to draft proof our original front door .Would we be able to access any financial support.We have loft insulation.
Maggie - 8-Jul-20 @ 6:03 PM
Hi .we inherited my partners parents house 5 yrs ago .partner works I stay home with kids. Roof needs fixed .fence needed so kids can play outside .metal window frames need done list goes on .Was looking too see if a grant is available in Fife thankyou
Colin - 7-Jul-20 @ 1:58 PM
I have started renovating my property but have come into financial hardship and not able to finish the work
Andy - 7-Jul-20 @ 8:49 AM
I have to flat roofs are leaking into bedrooms I cant afford to fix it as I'm on my own I need help or a grant to help fix these roofs please
Jo - 4-Jul-20 @ 12:04 PM
We need help our roof has holes in it and don't have money to fix it as on UC . Thank yiu
Lena - 3-Jul-20 @ 12:59 PM
I need a new roof and gutter,everytime it rain I'm so nervous it rain in the house and the sheetrock has fallen apart in the bathroom and kitchen and garage. I hooe i can get help
Dorsett - 30-Jun-20 @ 1:21 PM
My home needs a replacement roof as the house was built in 1866,can someone help me get a repair or replaced, I don't have the money to replace it and is leaking when it rains
Anna - 28-Jun-20 @ 1:20 PM
Hi do you no of any grants available for roofs and damp course please I’m on esa and disability
John - 23-Jun-20 @ 10:16 AM
Live in an old farm house that is falling in around is. Could be considered historic I think but Don’t know how to go about doing it. Black mold, ceilings falling In, not safe at all. Don’t know how electrical fires have never started. House is over 150 years old. Don’t have money to fix it or have someone come re so it. Desperate to fix.
Lennie - 21-Jun-20 @ 1:02 AM
Hello, Would I beable to get a grant, to cover the cost of a new more energy efficient conservatory roof? I am registered disabled. Home owner/occupier. On full disability benefits, long term.
Liz - 19-Jun-20 @ 4:20 PM
Hello My roof is leaking lots when it rains we currently cannot stay there as we have a disabled child and it not safe for him also with covid 19 its Proving very difficult as we have very little money and cannot afford to fix or replace the roof we are at the end of our tether and dont know what to do or to turn to please could you help thank you nick
Nick - 19-Jun-20 @ 12:36 AM
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