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Getting a Renovation Grant

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 17 Aug 2019 | 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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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
hey i’m great hardship and have recently separated from my husband i got two grown up and three dependent children living with me i have mental health issues and need help with home improvement could you please help us.kind regards uzma
Uzma Tabassum - 31-Jul-19 @ 8:11 AM
I was means tested for help towards a wetroom,I am under palliative care, due to emphysema,arthritisetc.My occupational therapist,doctor and palliative care doctor all agree, that due to my condition worsening, and my mobility getting worse, that I need one. As at the moment I hav a shower over the bath, and have fallen a few times. I was means tested,and qualified to have it put Iby the council, who then turned me down due to the fact that my husband is still in full time employment. They claim that we can afford to put £42, 000 towards a new bathroom. We only get £25 ,000, when asked how they arrived at that figure, I was told that it is all done by computer, and everyone that gets refused usually gets the same reply. We have taken this to citizens advice,and were basically told, that if Stephen was unemployed,we would have had our wetroom. This is not right, he is being treated with predudisim because he works
Jac - 26-Jul-19 @ 11:40 PM
Hi, my parents own their home in Belton TX 76513 and live on their small Social Security check. Their home in Miller Heights area is s falling apart and isn't safe for them to live in it the way it is now.There is cracks in the foundation, bricks falling off home, patio unsafe eith cement cracking and bubbling up,needs new and better windows and need of weatherstripping on doors as well to be energy efficient and lower their $500 monthly electric bill, need more room and closets etc. Please can you help them with a grant or any kind of assistance to renovate their home so they may live comfortably and feel safe living therePlease call, text 512 581 5616 or email us at rontexas1@aol.ècomwho we need to talk with and proper documentation or any referrals. Thank you so much for you in considering of my parents.
Rj - 29-May-19 @ 4:34 AM
Hi there 2 years ago we brought a house built in 1850 the survay said everything was fine but after a small leak in the roof a roofer has told us the roof is not slated correctly and needs replacing I have tried to get help from the surveyor as they did not pick up on the problem and they have been very unhelpful and says not their problem so not sure what the point of paying for the top survey. We are looking for a grant to help us complete the work which is going to cost £10000 I'd anyone knows who or how to contact some one I would be very grateful.
Sarah - 22-May-19 @ 11:13 AM
I a looking to build a bedroom and wet room for my son who has NF1 and Elispy plus learning delay. I need a bigger room to put in scenery lights and gym balls to help him keep calm. Wet room to help him to learn how to look after yourself. Could i get a grant for this? I am also doing building work which i am paying for myself to give him more family space.
Lyne - 4-May-19 @ 10:44 PM
My house was built in 1903 and after a serious leak in the kitchen, I have been told that I need extensive damp proofing carried out in that room.Am I eligible for some assistance with this?
Sooze - 10-Apr-19 @ 5:13 PM
I am a pensioner and own a flat that I have been renovating which is 80% complete having been rewired, new ceilings, re-plastered throughout, re-plumbed, and a new kitchen (50% fitted). Unfortunately due to a promised loan from a family member not materializing I have now run out of funds to complete the project and I am inquiring to see if it is possible to get a loan or grant as I cannot get a mortgage from a building society due to my income being below 12,000 pounds per annum.
BOB1 - 28-Mar-19 @ 1:08 PM
I am a pensioner and own a flat that I have been renovating which is 80% complete having been rewired, new ceilings, re-plastered throughout, re-plumbed, and a new kitchen (50% fitted). Unfortunately due to a promised loan from a family member not materializing I have now run out of funds to complete the project and I am inquiring to see if it is possible to get a loan or grant as I cannot get a mortgage from a building society due to my income being below 12,000 pounds per annum.
BOB1 - 28-Mar-19 @ 1:08 PM
Is there grants available for old houses early 1900’s ? It is in need of a new slate roof ans a downstairs shower as my daughter has epilepsy and has been advised not to usebath . It has damp in the frint ans is in need of rerendering all around. Please could you forward mw information regarding what I may be entitled to . Kind regarss
Porcpei123 - 26-Mar-19 @ 11:48 AM
We applied for disable adaptation in 2015. Council and professionals agreed the need for the adaptatio. And after that, there was dispute the way they conducted the assessment. Finally we agreed the concil ’s very minimal work which the council said any work we carry out will be within existing foot print. Which we would lose our family space. It's almost 4 years now nothing happened. Everytime I contacted I will be given extension of time. I have disable child and 87-year-old mother with severe mobility problem. It's very stressful but the adaptation don't care.
Bev - 15-Mar-19 @ 3:26 PM
Can someone tell me were to get my application form for this grant
Emma Di - 11-Mar-19 @ 11:53 AM
If a grant was obtained for a new stone barn roof, what are the restrictions? does the grant have to be paid back if it is converted into a house. Thank you for your help,if so is it from applying for the grant or when money is paid over.
Sue - 5-Mar-19 @ 1:53 PM
We have refurbished An old house now out of budget We’ve been told the roof needs work as leaking and certain windows the drafts are getting worse. Can we get help?? Thanks
Sami - 24-Feb-19 @ 7:47 PM
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Earwig - 12-Feb-19 @ 7:18 AM
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James - 11-Feb-19 @ 8:10 PM
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Michelle - 10-Feb-19 @ 1:43 PM
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Michelle - 10-Feb-19 @ 1:42 PM
Good day am looking for grant to help old people that have homes that need [to be renovated since they where given houses where never being renovated may help be my blessing Amen
Ngcina - 6-Feb-19 @ 11:52 AM
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Brett - 30-Jan-19 @ 10:20 AM
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Babs - 22-Jan-19 @ 1:42 PM
No refurbishments for 27 years from one of the biggest we’ll know housing associations Notting Hill Genesis they say no budget every year not on the list there should be someone that can help I have rotting windows and bathroom and toilets needs refurbishments
Mini - 18-Jan-19 @ 12:04 AM
Could please advise me as to what grants are available to fix leaking roof in daughters bedroom, I'm an unemployed single parent, I'm a mortgage owned property, my insurance has said it's not covered in my policy. Any assistance will be gratefully received Thankyou
Jo - 16-Jan-19 @ 11:06 AM
Are there any dry stone walling grants for private housing.my house is surrounded by dry stone walls which lead onto fields and a lane.
Paddy - 9-Jan-19 @ 1:01 PM
Hi just was wondering we have damp in one of the bed rooms we have changed window still water and damp coming inside. Was wondering can I get damp proof done with help towards cost please.
Azra - 6-Jan-19 @ 10:52 AM
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Gene - 30-Dec-18 @ 11:56 AM
I lost my mum in May and she left me the family home, the roof is leaking and I’ve been advised I need a new roof but I am registered disabled and don’t have the funds. Can you help me with where I can get a grant to help pay for this Regards Kelly
Kelly - 19-Dec-18 @ 9:43 AM
My elderly grandmother has been in a home for 18 months. My alcoholic father who was living with her has just been released from 3 month stint in hospital. Social services could not let him go back to house because was unfit for human habitation. For first time in 2 years, my sisters and I were able to get access to house (controlling neighbour had her checkbook and bank cards till he moved). It was awful beyone belief, even the rats have now moved out. Social services happy for him to return with care packageonce house is done up. We have deputyship order for grandmother and intend to do same for father. However, house has no central heating, hot water and everything needs disposing of. What grants are available? Many thanks
Zip - 25-Nov-18 @ 6:48 PM
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Gaz - 22-Nov-18 @ 12:33 PM
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