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Getting a Renovation Grant

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 16 Jan 2021 | 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 in a grade 2 listed house and have been trying to get a grant to do urgent repairs to my roof which is leaking I am on minimum wage and cannot afford the cost of repairs and have contacted my local council for help with obtaining a grant but they have not been very helpful I would be grateful for any help.
Kay - 16-Jan-21 @ 10:08 PM
I am interested in obtaining a grant for a roof replacement and possibly a safety tub/ shower. I have had to get my roof patches at l least 3 times because I cannot afford a new one. I am disabled and really need a tub/shower to utilize safely but I cannot even afford that due to my income and my bathroom is pretty small already and difficult to enough to move around in. I would greatly appreciate any grants that you have to assist me.Thank you for considering me.
Crystal - 16-Jan-21 @ 9:08 PM
My neighbor is 78 has just lost her histband to covid and survived it herself. She has come out of hospital and her wiring has blown up and she need a full rewire. She has limited saving and I wonder could she get a grant as the house is a 1930 house. Any advice is greatly appreciated as this very sad time. She won’t move our as she has two dogs that are her life. So we are trying to keep her warm with electricity from my house and with heaters ??
Caz - 15-Jan-21 @ 6:05 PM
Hi I’d like to find out if I can get a grant towards the cost of replacing my roof
Trace - 14-Jan-21 @ 3:46 PM
I would like to know if I can get a reroof grant.
Deepali - 31-Dec-20 @ 11:02 AM
We have had a grant for our first central heating installation, we are currently waiting on a decision for new windows, but we have found we have a leaking roof, can we still apply for a grant to have the roof replaced or repaired, we bother have underlying respiratory problems
TP - 27-Dec-20 @ 12:29 AM
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Chris - 30-Nov-20 @ 10:16 PM
My house has no heating and my roof is leaking really badly causing severe damp . I need double glazing . It is soo cold and now winter is upon us my health conditions are really bad . I have emphysemaand COPD . I really need help to make my house a livable state
Anton - 17-Nov-20 @ 6:21 PM
Live in South Carolina and need assistance badly with windows and replace leaking roof. Single family home.
WTF - 17-Nov-20 @ 3:13 PM
I have several dam problems in my house and will never be able to afford to repair I am working but earn only enough to live can I get a grant for repairs
Alivia - 16-Nov-20 @ 9:44 AM
Where would I find out where to get a grant for damp as I have 2 bedrooms riddled with realy bad damp
J boland - 14-Nov-20 @ 7:00 PM
Hello, we are looking for assistance to help with repairing our single trailer. It is starting to leak into the electrical when it rains. The walls have holes in them. Our windows are broken and or missing completely. The tub in our bath is cracked at the bottom.
Sami - 10-Nov-20 @ 6:37 PM
I am a resident on Hawaiian homes land located in keaukaha in Hilo.I am a beneficiary of this land and house. I inherited it from my grandparents who have passed. I am very grateful to recirve this inheritance but My house is falling apart. And I am not financially stable enough to make it work out. I am in a disabled place due to a fall down the stairs at my moms house lay December 20,2019. Apparently i had an aneurysm which was treated at Oahu Queens Meducal Center. I am still not fully recovered but I have gone back to work. My income is less than $1000/mo. I qualify for snap program but haven’t applied yet. So I am in a huge mess. My inheritance is a special gift and I cannot wait for it to feel more secure and sanitized. Due to the huge banyan tree my house is infested with rats. I am unable to live in a healthy home. I cannot afford to get the banyan removed or treated. I have 6 adult kids and 5 of them are still in my home. They are unemployed and live off of the snap program. But no cash benefits cause they didn’t qualify. We have no vehicle cause my van recently broke down and will cost me a tremendous amount to repair. The repair will take at least 8-10 hours to fix. So that’s out off the charts for my income. So my sons would not be able to get to work if they had a job. So my houseis in desperate need for repairs like ASAP. My kitchen sink is not working, the kitchen itself is ready to crumble, the stairs from the kitchen has detached and is unable to use it, my ceiling is filled with asbestos material and the walls are full of termites and lead based paint, the floors are unstable, the whole place is unsanitary to live in period and in high risk of falling.The bathroom isn’t working at all but I don’t know why. I have come to a dead end on what to do with my inheritance. I did not get the place inspected and priced for repairs yet. I have no clue on where to seek the help. I don’t know what to do and am in the worst case scenario I have ever been in. Please I am in desperate need of help. I am grateful for these assistance programs offered to us poverty level family’s and would really appreciate your help and look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you so very much for your time and energy. God bless and A HUI HOU! Please help me?
Mo - 8-Nov-20 @ 2:31 AM
My house on fire i am not mentally fit I am in mental hospital and I can't work either I have no savings or anybody else to help me l hope you can help me many thsnx
Yas - 5-Nov-20 @ 3:14 PM
My house on fire i am not gently fit I am in the mental hospital I am not Woking at the moment I get no money to fix my house I have no savings or anybody else to help me I hope you can do something for me many thanx
Yas - 5-Nov-20 @ 3:10 PM
My house on fire and I am not manly fit I am not working I am in the mental health hospital I have no money to repair my house I am really worried I get no any income or savings I feel really helpless hope you can help me many thanx
Yas - 5-Nov-20 @ 3:05 PM
I have a leak frommy flat dorma roof which is causing dampness to the ceiling and wall which inturn is causing plaster to separate from the brickwork.
Terry - 2-Nov-20 @ 1:11 PM
I need to replace my roof and fix my sewer
Daniel - 1-Nov-20 @ 7:31 PM
I am a disabled pensioner. I do get pip and pension credit. My roof needs replacing it has been leaking and is in a very poor state. Do you know anyone who offers Grant's please. I am in Runcorn Cheshire.
P - 28-Oct-20 @ 2:06 PM
I claim high rate pip and universal credit iam on cancer treatment is there any grants to replace my roof.
Tony - 24-Oct-20 @ 4:30 PM
2 years ago I suffered a fall from height which ended my working life leaving me in a neck collar for almost 6 months and resulted in an inability to lift, stand and bend without considerable pain. OT recommended alterations' to bathroom and Kitchen. We have been able to pay for Bathroom adaptation from own resources and have a small sum left to modify our 30 year old Kitchen, However as a pensioner I have been turned down for improvement loans to fund balance due to income. We have estimates for the kitchen work of around £6000 fitted. Are there any grant sources that would help with the shortfall to enable kitchen alterations to go ahead? Even a conditional grant that requires repaying in the future? Hope someone can help.
Paul - 22-Oct-20 @ 9:54 AM
We are on benefits and our bedroom ceiling collapsed and the bay window and damage the radiator is there any grants available thank you
Jade - 19-Oct-20 @ 8:52 PM
We are on benefits and our bedroom ceiling has collapsed the bay window and damaged the radiator is there any grants available to help please thank you
Jade - 19-Oct-20 @ 8:50 PM
I have had to demolish a retail unit and 1 bedroom apartment above due to previous fire damage many years ago. This has cost me over 20,000 to demolish and I’m in debt . I got no help from local council to demolish at all even though we were in covid. I need help to rebuild and put this to use . I’m a working person with a normal living wage. I’m on universal credits also due to cutbacks at workplace.
Zubaida - 19-Oct-20 @ 3:38 PM
I'm asking for help to buy materials to fix the trailer I reside in. It is real bad. The floor is so bad that I can see the ground. And the roof leaks so bad that I have black brown and green mold. Two mushrooms have grew I in the kitchen up through the floor. If anyone reads this and can help me it would be well appreciated. And I would be willing to work for the help.please and thank you
Krista - 16-Oct-20 @ 7:09 PM
I been in my home over 20 years an need a lot of work done to it for the winter , dealing with water leaks roof leaks mold an more ! Need some help getting my house back to standard! Hope you can consider helping me , I would be truly grateful! Thanks in advance!
Cari - 14-Oct-20 @ 12:47 AM
Im on pip and have severalillnesses my roof needs replacing and windows also need replacing due yo draughts and missing seals Is any help available. If you could kindly let me know as i am extremelystressed out as it is affectingmy health. Thankyou
Nuru - 13-Oct-20 @ 4:15 PM
Need grant to update 5 flats in sheffield
Sunny - 13-Oct-20 @ 2:41 PM
My home built in 1994 had a leak in the bathroom that the builder finally repaired after 2 attempts it caused the bathroom ceiling to fall in the dry wall and it was water that leak into the bathroom and insulation. Wesmellmold all the time. The first winter the furnace went out. We had it repaired when Ireach amana they said thdy had problems with the installer and he wasn't allowed to install their product a few years later i worked 80 hours for 9 months to replace the whole unit that was totally broken. After it being looked at the floor in the bathroom and funace closet is rotten and moldy as well as insulation in attic. My furnace is going out they are hoping it makes it through the winter. Myself am not 35 any more and can't work 80 hours. My house is through FHA are CV their grants or loans that may qualify for a loan or grant for heating,insulation, floor rot,and windows. Thank you, LoriMoore
Lori - 12-Oct-20 @ 5:20 PM
I just move into new property. The flat needs renovation like new flooring and renovation walls. There are any funding or grants to bring property to living standards. Thank you
Katerina - 11-Oct-20 @ 9:49 AM
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