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Getting a Renovation Grant

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 10 Apr 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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Good evening: thank you for taking the time to read my request. I am 83 & my husband is 84, for years and years my husband was the one who took care of everything that went wrong in the home. However, he has developed Alzheimer’s, copd, spinal stenosis amongst other ailments. Myself I have struggled with covid, and heart issues. I am a proud woman who has never asked for any help and this is one of the times I have no choice. My request are for both of my bathrooms. The one shower is also a bathtub and my husband has fallen out too many times and being on blood thinners i have to make sure her is ok. Their other bathroom seems to have black mold and it’s so tiny I can’t fit the shower chair in it. Please please please consider my parents for any kind of help that may be available. Thank you and god bless you all! Sincerely Patricia Robinson 1-845-706-2696
Snooksie - 10-Apr-21 @ 12:15 AM
Good evening: thank you for taking the time to read my request. I am 83 & my husband is 84, for years and years my husband was the one who took care of everything that went wrong in the home. However, he has developed Alzheimer’s, copd, spinal stenosis amongst other ailments. Myself I have struggled with covid, and heart issues. I am a proud woman who has never asked for any help and this is one of the times I have no choice. My request are for both of my bathrooms. The one shower is also a bathtub and my husband has fallen out too many times and being on blood thinners i have to make sure her is ok. Their other bathroom seems to have black mold and it’s so tiny I can’t fit the shower chair in it. Please please please consider my parents for any kind of help that may be available. ThNk you and god bless you all! Sincerely Patricia Robinson 1-845-706-2696
Snooksie - 10-Apr-21 @ 12:11 AM
Hi October 31st 2019 my husband went to work and I never physically seen him again he left me for another so an with five children to handle a home alone he pays nothing I need repairs done around our home but with the taxes extremely high in New Jersey I’m barely making ends meet I need this grant so my children can live comfortably
Fly Lene - 6-Apr-21 @ 10:04 PM
I currently live with my parents and younger siblings our house has become infected with damp and black mould everywhere in all the bedrooms we don’t have any flooring underlay or carpet or anything and the draught and cold gets inside from under the floor into the house leaving us all cold and prone to illnesses. Because of the draught this has made the windows steam up and create mould on them too.. my younger siblings suffer from asthma and eczema they have to sleep in poor conditions which causes them to be poorly as they inhale the mould and damp smell this has deteriorated their skin and breathing conditions they are really young 1 is 7 while the other one is 14. It kills me seeing them living like this my dad has a disability and little to no movement and mobility my mother cares for him. I am really struggling both mentally and physically seeing the horrible state we live in makes me not want to be here anymore..I am trying my best in every way to help their situation but being so young myself there is only so much I can do I always hope for the best. Please help and take us into consideration
Elle - 30-Mar-21 @ 2:50 PM
We have a small family business that revitalizes homes in the under served area of our town. Usually we take a home that the city wants to tare down and we will move it to a different property. And if it has history in the area and we will rehab it. We have been offered an opportunity to save 5 house on a block that will be part of city revitalization area in our town and are looking to see if there are any grants that may work for our current community efforts. Thank you, Jay
Jay - 17-Mar-21 @ 6:28 PM
We have a small family company that revitalizes homes in the under served area of our town. Projects in the best would moving a house that was going to be torn down then rehabbing and selling that home in the same neighborhood. We have an opportunity to revitalize a whole city block that would be rehabbing 6 homes and building nice affordable income houses and moving two houses. We are interested in finding out if there is grant program that might fit for us. Thank you, Jay
Jay - 17-Mar-21 @ 6:19 PM
Hello I am in the process of buying my first home! The house I’m trying to get was built in 1918 has great bones but needs some work. The wiring needs to be updated and it needs new windows. I am truly hoping for help!
Ash - 11-Mar-21 @ 5:42 PM
I have recently lost my home and my beloved pet both of 10years to a house fire. The buildings insurance won’t accept the claim and I am now without a home and my father without a house. Would we be eligible to get a grant to help get it back to a living standard?
Twinkle - 11-Mar-21 @ 11:46 AM
My husband's grandfather past away his house has never been updated it has an outside toilet still. The house is big enough for our large family, there is no houses around us for the price and size we need. We are renting and in the middle of sorting a mortage to buy the house - probate is going through still. Can we get a grant to help to do the house up as the costs he have had are 35k upwards. We are are on a low income. Any help or advice would be appreciated.
Jackie - 7-Mar-21 @ 12:04 PM
I have a leaky 48 year old roof could I get a grant for a new one I receive pension credit
Louise - 7-Mar-21 @ 10:53 AM
Hi we just bought a new house we need to put in new windows flooring remove stairs carpet walls and bathrooms
Looper77 - 5-Mar-21 @ 6:26 PM
Helloi own a 110 year old home in southern manitobamy roofhas been reshingled previous to us buyingguessing 5 years asumedto solve some leaks the roof hassagging rafters and rotting deckingthis is well above my abilityor financiall ability is there a grant to have roof work doneor partial Thanks
Dune - 4-Mar-21 @ 6:02 PM
Hello, My recently widowed grandfather lives in a semi detached brick cottage with serious damp issues and disrepair. I am no builder but I think it's likely to need a damp course throughout and to be replastered at least. The kitchen is rather makeshift too as much of it has come away from the walls over the years and flooring too completely come up. There is black mould everywhere and a damp smell throughout the property. He is 79 and it is breaking my heart him continuing to love this way as I wish we had the funds to be able to help him not have to live there anymore. He lives in chatteris, in the fens is there any possible grant we can look into for him naturally which can be deducted whenever the time should come say for the house being sold eventually. I just don't want him to be living this way anymore.
Soph1989 - 4-Mar-21 @ 2:56 PM
I am 63 years old the pandemic has further hurt me financially I was basically forced to retire from my job in September 2004. My student load has dropped considerably and when I purchased my house in 2002 I was doing OK however things are beginning to fall apart and I am very concerned. My AC heating unit in the attic is the original from rent the house was built around 1985 and the unit outside is 1998 increasingly my power bills are getting ridiculous and I have had numerous repairs all of my kitchen appliances are on their last legs. The deck is falling apart and I need helpPLEASE!
FONZ - 4-Mar-21 @ 5:27 AM
Hi my wife and I have raising damp on our bedroom we live in a domain bungalow. It is now affecting the brick work at the front of the house. We r both in our 70s and both have health problems. Could we please have some help to help us get rid of the rising damage .I get pension credit. Thank you look forward to hear back
Dad - 3-Mar-21 @ 6:12 PM
Can I get some help towards my damp proof please
Az - 27-Feb-21 @ 3:23 PM
Hi my bedroom has loads of damp I have had a quote the best is 3000 is there any help towards it or do you do help please
Az - 27-Feb-21 @ 3:12 PM
Hi I was wondering how I can get a grant to renovate my rental property or my house own?
Man - 27-Feb-21 @ 5:09 AM
I'm writing in reference to receiving a grant for my home..Several months ago Ihad a fire in my home..I've been trying to fix it up 1 room at a time, butit's really hard by myself. I could really use a grant to help me fix up my house and make it look like a home again....
Tink - 26-Feb-21 @ 10:53 PM
My house was buil around 1964. I've been here for 20 years now I really need a new roof a new furnace a paint job and some major renovations to the wiring ,could you please give me some information on how to get the renovation grant I really appreciate it
Judi - 26-Feb-21 @ 7:26 PM
Just inquiring about any help I could get on my property.really needs a new roof and bad damp in kids bedrooms.just can not afford anything due to shielding thanks
Decka - 25-Feb-21 @ 9:16 PM
Was inquiring weather I would get help with a new kitchen
Ali’s - 25-Feb-21 @ 1:11 PM
I bought a 1939 year old house when I moved from Scotland to seaham County Durham I have lived in my house for 10years now my roof is chimney is in need of repair I have had quotes for 500 to 1000 to replace the cement between the bricks don't have any savings due to my separation from my wife would I be able to get help with the cost of repair
Rab - 21-Feb-21 @ 8:35 PM
I own 4 Bedroom Terrace House in need of repair . Floorboards need replacing , only have gas fires. Live on my pension.
Don't have one - 21-Feb-21 @ 3:01 PM
Hello, I just brought a house from Detroit land bank, and I had got some estimates for the electric, pluming, and roof. I thought I will be able to pay for it all myself, but I never calculated that it will be so much. I'm trying to have a home for my kids and that we can actually say that it's ours. Please help me or point me in the right direction. The house needs need wiring, pluming, windows, painting, and a new roof, plus it all have to be up to code. Help me please, I'm desperate
K.J. - 20-Feb-21 @ 6:47 PM
I would like information on a renovation grant I am in desperate need of a new roof as it is currently leaking in my little boys room I have had one section patched up but the roofer told me it all needsto be replaced as it is so bad.Both of my children are disabled and I get working tax credits.
Helen - 20-Feb-21 @ 12:54 AM
My elderly mother had open heart surgery, and had to be placed in a nursing home, after suffering a stroke on her right side. Before she went in the hospital, she had complained in despair about her house, how the floors were giving away, the leaking pipes, and the foundation of the house buckling away.She's still in the nursing facility, but she looks forward to being back in her home soon, after rehab. But the house is in an unlivable, uninhabitable, horrible, condition. I would love to have her house completely renovated by the time she finishes her rehab. A renovation grant would be a blessing!!....
D. NICK! - 19-Feb-21 @ 2:53 AM
I need information for home improvement grant, I’m going through a domestic violence, need new furnace ,new roof , plumbing , window are broken replacing siding , doors , floors , my house was built in 1945 ,
Paulina - 18-Feb-21 @ 9:16 PM
Hi there my elderly mom own her own house before she was taken ill she wanted her bathroom ripped out so at the moment all there is in the bathroom is a toilet and she has windows that are draughty would our local council be able to release a grant to help with the improvement
Trace - 15-Feb-21 @ 10:46 AM
Looking for help to insulate my gable end narrow cavity and insulation for my roof
GH - 13-Feb-21 @ 3:15 PM
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