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Getting a Renovation Grant

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 11 Apr 2018 | 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 live alone after my mom died struggling on esa payment and need help with my roof it as a hole in it the chimney needs repoint in and so do the hips in fairness could do with a new roof is there any way I could get it done
Moss - 11-Apr-18 @ 2:28 PM
My uncle past away and my cousin inherited his dad's house. It was built in 1905. It's been in the family for several generations. It's not able to be loved in at the moment due to my uncle being a horder and he has not done any work on the home in several years. He was living in his driveway in a truck the last 3 years because he could no longer get into his house. My cousin wants to restore this home and love in it but doesn't have the funding to do so. Is there money in Ohio that he can apply to get to help restore the home and bring it back to livable conditions?
Djhorn73 - 29-Mar-18 @ 3:27 PM
I own a 1947 pre fabricated h3 bed house semi detached which was supposedly a temper house for workmen on the build of the new town, they sometimes in the 1990's refaced the concrete with a isolated matting facia looking like brick work which is supposed to act as some kind of insulation..well in this it fails completely there is a cavity on the outside wall which was never filled with anything but no cavity on the front or rear, the only way to solve this heat loss issue is to re brick three sides and thermal boarding the cavity made by the new walls, is there any grant help with this work? The house in the winter is like a fridge and thats with the heating on full bore, which of course costs money. the roof has been double insulted and a new roof was fitted eight years ago.
vallen - 27-Mar-18 @ 6:32 PM
I need help please rotted siding and rotting floors bathrooms are really bad tubs are old and leaking bad walls and bad floors in bathrooms and bad ceilings I'm on disability I cannot afford it please help me
Ely - 22-Mar-18 @ 7:12 PM
My living room floor needs re doing as it es wet.Im on beifits and own the property.Please are you able to help as its deteramental to my well being.Thankyou for reading this.Hopeing we can get a solution as this happens a lot.
Wendy - 12-Mar-18 @ 7:24 AM
Blindie58 - Your Question:
Hi I am on disability allowance and esp my home needs a full rewire as the electrics are over 60 yes old,we have lights blowing sockets blowing,all the time and this doesn't help me at I was wondering if there are any grants available I live in Maghull l31,5lp in setting I am very worried about this incase there's a fire thank you.

Our Response:
As you will see from our comment ("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.") - you need to ask at your local authority or try the Turn2Us website/a>
GrantsExpert - 9-Mar-18 @ 11:45 AM
Hi I am on disability allowance and esp my home needs a full rewire as the electrics are over 60 yes old,we have lights blowing sockets blowing,all the time and this doesn't help me at I was wondering if there are any grants available I live in Maghull l31,5lp in setting I am very worried about this incase there's a fire thank you.
Blindie58 - 8-Mar-18 @ 1:30 PM
Frank - Your Question:
My 94 y/o father's home (a mid 19th C stone cottage) is in a state of disrepair and needs substantial and urgent work doing to it, including re-wiring (electric sockets hanging off the wall); cracks in walls and ceilings, worn carpets and draughty floorboards (possibly also damp sub-floor) etc. The single storey kitchen roof is draughty where the ceiling light fittings are falling out and the cooker and washing machine don't work properly. In short it needs a lot of money spending on it which we don't have. Following my mother's recent death I am now my father's full-time and sole carer. Our joint income is just his state pension and my income support/Carer's Allowance and we have no savings to speak of or other assets. What grants are available to us to carry out the needed works? Our local Home Improvement Agency does not provide Home Improvement Grants (only DFGs and a Small Repairs Team costing £18 p/h + materials or a Home Improvement Loan recouped from the equity in the house). I am not sure if a DFG would be appropriate - we have had experience in the past of this process when applying for a walk-in bath and the Occupational Therapists' suggestions were entirely unsuitable for what was required and more expensive. I'm also wary of losing control of the process if we go the DFG route. What other options are available?

Our Response:
We don't know of many grants for renovations of this nature that you haven't already tried or that are not mentioned already in the above article unfortunately.
GrantsExpert - 6-Mar-18 @ 2:02 PM
My 94 y/o father's home (a mid 19th C stone cottage) is in a state of disrepair and needs substantial and urgent work doing to it, including re-wiring (electric sockets hanging off the wall); cracks in walls and ceilings, worn carpets and draughty floorboards (possibly also damp sub-floor) etc. The single storey kitchen roof is draughty where the ceiling light fittings are falling out and the cooker and washing machine don't work properly. In short it needs a lot of money spending on it which we don't have. Following my mother's recent death I am now my father's full-time and sole carer. Our joint income is just his state pension and my income support/Carer's Allowance and we have no savings to speak of or other assets. What grants are available to us to carry out the needed works? Our local Home Improvement Agency does not provide Home Improvement Grants (only DFGs and a Small Repairs Team costing £18 p/h + materials or a Home Improvement Loan recouped from the equity in the house). I am not sure if a DFG would be appropriate - we have had experience in the past of this process when applying for a walk-in bath and the Occupational Therapists' suggestions were entirely unsuitable for what was required and more expensive. I'm also wary of losing control of the process if we go the DFG route. What other options are available?
Frank - 4-Mar-18 @ 2:56 PM
We are renovating a grade 2 listed pub, having been granted planning permission. We are renting with a contract already in place to buy within the next 2 years. We are also living above the pub in a 3 bedroom flat which we have also renovated. We have spent around £30,000 of our own money and now we are about to invest our privatepension payouts to complete the renovation and get the pub open. It is the oldest pub in the village and has been completely neglected up until now. Would we qualify for any grant at all from the local authority of government to help with our project? Many thanks.
Katie - 1-Mar-18 @ 4:58 PM
My parents bought our house nearly 40 years ago when they were both healthy and able to work. Shortly after this my dad, only aged 36 at the time suffered 2 consecutive heart attacks and since then his health has declined. He sufferes from M.E, depression, chronic fatigue, congestive heart failure and multiple other illnesses and is registered disabled. And my mum is his full time carer as he is slowly becoming more and more dependent on others to help him. Our house has never been upgraded and still has the original wooden sash windows. After 40 years of wear and tear they are rotting and do next to nothing in terms of keeping cold out. They get next to no money at all and none if my family can afford to help with the cost of replacing the windows. All the money they get is contribution based from when they were working. They have been told before that they don't qualify for any help because of this. Even though they have less money each month than 90% of the people on benefits who live in council houses. Each year winter becomes a time where they take each day as it comes becuase they never think they will survive it. But still, even though they have no money and can't afford to pay the heating bill they can't get any help towards replacing the windows. Is there any advice as to our options?
Liz - 26-Feb-18 @ 10:41 PM
FK - Your Question:
We live with 2 kids in a three bed house with a tiny bathroom and seperate WC. My husband suffers from progressive MS and our bathroom is very small, only one person can go in it at one time. The toilet is on the other side of the landing too and it’s difficult for my husband to get too if he’s in the bathroom. The bathroom is very tight and my husband has fallen many times due to losing balance, as it’s only fit for one person it’s hard to help him in the bath. We would like to build a bathroom on top of our garage but this means re-building the garage too as the roof is very weak. We applied for a disabled facilities grant last years and we still have not heard from them. What options do we have?

Our Response:
The DFG is your most likely means of a grant. Contact your council again and ask them what happened to your application.
GrantsExpert - 26-Feb-18 @ 3:20 PM
We live with 2 kids in a three bed house with a tiny bathroom and seperate WC. My husband suffers from progressive MS and our bathroom is very small, only one person can go in it at one time. The toilet is on the other side of the landing too and it’s difficult for my husband to get too if he’s in the bathroom. The bathroom is very tight and my husband has fallen many times due to losing balance, as it’s only fit for one person it’s hard to help him in the bath. We would like to build a bathroom on top of our garage but this means re-building the garage too as the roof is very weak. We applied for a disabled facilities grant last years and we still have not heard from them. What options do we have?
FK - 23-Feb-18 @ 12:33 AM
Myself and my husband and 5 children 16 10 4 3 1 currently live in our 3 bed house.Problem is my 16 year old and his girlfriend are having a baby and wish to life with us so we can support them and they can continue their education but our house is just not big enough I was just wondering that because of their age would we be able to get a grant to help towards loft conversation for 2 bedrooms to be made as we will be loosing one bedroom (box room) which my son is currently in to put the staircase in upto to loft.
Jan - 4-Feb-18 @ 5:39 PM
I have not been able to worksince December 2016 I am on esa and since October2017 I was awardedpip at full rate for mobility. I am looking for a grant to replace windows that are letting in so much draft does any body no of any grants
Greggy - 19-Jan-18 @ 5:32 PM
Hi, my husband suffers from seveardepression, its getting more and more difficult for him to work. The housewe live in is cold even though we had new windows put in from a loan we got from the bank, we could never afford to get another loan. I just need advice if there is any grants available to us.
Ali bongo - 12-Jan-18 @ 5:11 PM
Lee - Your Question:
My wife and I have been living in a house (built 1880) for 3 years and we receive WTC and CTC. The gable end of our roof is bowing out and we are told by a builder may tear half our roof off if it falls. It wasn't picked up before purchase. Additionally we have serious damp/mould problems as the result of a cement render on old stone and no damp proofing/course. Is there any help we may be able to receive?

Our Response:
You should cotnact your local council to see if they are currently offering any grants for urgent renovations etc. It might also be worth contactinglocal conservation organisations if your home is of any historical or architectural value.
GrantsExpert - 12-Jan-18 @ 9:56 AM
My wife and I have been living in a house (built 1880) for 3 years and we receive WTC and CTC. The gable end of our roof is bowing out and we are told by a builder may tear half our roof off if it falls. It wasn't picked up before purchase. Additionally we have serious damp/mould problems as the result of a cement render on old stone and no damp proofing/course. Is there any help we may be able to receive?
Lee - 10-Jan-18 @ 1:09 PM
I am a 74 yr old ex driving instructor in receipt of pension credit and have next to no savings. Damp is coming through the gable end of my house resulting in some mould, peeling paintwork and wallpaper. Are there any grants for remedial and preventative work?
Wil - 15-Dec-17 @ 12:43 PM
jayz - Your Question:
Hi I am on ESA have mobility issues as have problems with my lower spine and left knee , the property I have lived in for the past 4 years is a one bedroom council owned flat my health symptoms are getting worse by the day and I find on bad days which can last weeks I am unable to get in or out of the bath I cannot sit in the bath so I have been filling a bucket which I then dip into using a jug which I use to rinse my self standing up this is very tedious uncomfortable and bending up and down constantly dipping a jug into a bucket causes me a lot of pain and suffering then tryin to raise my left leg which when my knee is swollen stiff is very hard and as water splashes on the floor it is also very slippery so I would like to know do you think I would be eligible for any assistance from the council in getting them to install a shower cubicle for me ?what are your thoughts pls

Our Response:
Do you qualify for any disability benefits etc? If so you may be eligible for a disabled facilities grant. If you're in a council owned propety, the housing department may consider doing this adaptation for you.
GrantsExpert - 13-Dec-17 @ 12:27 PM
hi i am on ESA have mobility issues as have problems with my lower spine and left knee , the property i have lived in for the past 4 years is a one bedroom council owned flat my health symptoms are getting worse by the day and i find on bad days which can last weeks i am unable to get in or out of the bath i cannot sit in the bath so i have been filling a bucket which i then dip into using a jug which i use to rinse my self standing up this is very tedious uncomfortable and bending up and down constantly dipping a jug into a bucket causes me a lot of pain and suffering then tryin to raise my left leg which when my knee is swollen stiff is very hard and as water splashes on the floor it is also very slippery so i would like to know do you think i would be eligible for any assistance from the council in getting them to install a shower cubicle for me ? what are your thoughts pls
jayz - 12-Dec-17 @ 4:35 AM
Hi we are loking at instaling a wood pellet boiler in a parish council owned community hall . Is there any grants available we could apply for.
jc - 7-Dec-17 @ 4:20 PM
Mo - Your Question:
Got old wiring throughout my old home. Had several electrictitions say it's unsafe and needs replacing. It tends to go off in winter or when electrical devises are in multiple rooms in use. Had 3 years freezing winters. Any grants available to me.

Our Response:
Try your local council first, help is sometimes available buit it will usually be means tested.
GrantsExpert - 28-Nov-17 @ 3:43 PM
Got old wiring throughout my old home. Hadseveral electrictitions say it's unsafe and needs replacing . It tends to go off in winter or when electrical devises are in multiple rooms in use. Had 3 years freezing winters. Any grants available to me.
Mo - 28-Nov-17 @ 4:16 AM
Mr Mark A Sharp - Your Question:
My mother on law has a house in stoke she I an elderly lady and owns her own home she has just had both sets of toes amputated and is finding it very difficult and now part of her roof has collapsed and the house is unsafe would she be intitled to a grant

Our Response:
She should speak with someone from her council and/or social services. They will no what help and grants are available in her area.
GrantsExpert - 24-Oct-17 @ 9:47 AM
My mother on law has a house in stoke she I an elderly lady and owns her own home she has just had both sets of toes amputated and is finding it very difficult and now part of her roof has collapsed and the house is unsafe would she be intitled to a grant
Mr Mark A Sharp - 21-Oct-17 @ 9:39 AM
My mum left me her bungalow but the conservatory is leaking all over and is full of damp I've recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer
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
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