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Getting a Renovation Grant

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 22 Sep 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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My house was built in 1972 I moved in in 1980 my AC was not working well my electric bill is over $1,000 now it is totally broken I recently had a heart attack could not work but now I'm back my grandson also lives with me I am seeking help I need a Grant
Chuy - 22-Sep-20 @ 7:21 PM
My was built in 1972 I've been here since 1980 my AC was not working my electric bill is over a thousand four hundred it went out completely I live in the state of Arizona so it's unbearable I recently had a heart attack I am 64 years old and I am desperately looking for a grant my grandchild also lives with me
Chuy - 22-Sep-20 @ 7:17 PM
My home was built in 1972 I am in desperate need of a heating and cooling AC I just had a heart attack don't have the funds to buy one i am 64
Chuy - 22-Sep-20 @ 7:13 PM
My roof leaks my floors need Water leaks in my window I need help
Joy - 17-Sep-20 @ 8:23 PM
My home is 70 years old and I have lived there for the past 15 years. I am need of various help throughout home such as insulation, rewiring of electrical wires and new breaker box, foundation, and windows to name a few
Nikki - 17-Sep-20 @ 5:21 PM
Good evening, Im enquiring about a potential grant on behalf of my Dad who is aged 92 and is in desperate need of structural work to the outside of his home. Any help and advice on this matter is very much appreciated. Regards Gill McGee
Gilly - 17-Sep-20 @ 4:59 PM
Hi. My house is over 100 years old and there is water leakage and dampcoming into the house. We are currently on working tax and Child tax credits so I wondered if there is any help available to repair or replace my roof. Many thanks
Ash - 16-Sep-20 @ 11:45 AM
Hi our house is 35 plus years old our roof is needing replaced as rain is coming in a few bits on the roof and needs replacedbefore the winter is here I am wondering if you could please let me know if I would be able to get a government grant
FiFi - 15-Sep-20 @ 12:43 PM
I need to replace the original roof on my home the house was built in 1896 and it has lasted well but the problems are very serious now and water finds its way into the house.I hope I can get a grant to help with the cost of renew it.
Neens - 14-Sep-20 @ 4:02 PM
Our house is 100 years old and now we need a grant so we can do our house up the outside of our house needs renovate so we can fix our propertywill the council grant us with a funded grant as my dad is on pension credit and I am or have applied for universal creditI will hope to get good news from the council
Afro - 31-Aug-20 @ 8:56 PM
I have live at 15 Whitburn Avenue Manchester M13 0UR for a 11 years that was the last time I had a grant my cooker is making a whistling sound And keeps going off my small Fridge and freezer is both leaking I claim for my sonmylie griffithshe is in Openshaw College Manchester 29/09/2002 my daughter Elizabeth Gallagherworks Part time in Iceland My National insurance number is NS620912C and my phone number is 07776 107296 thankyou
Nora - 31-Aug-20 @ 4:54 PM
I have a diagnosis of COPD and asthma, our home is terribly damp with mould spores (that's my allergy too which exacerbates my condition) I am in need of roof repairs or replacement, damp issues to sort and window hinges to be repaired or windows replaced. The damp is literally killing me.
Charlie - 29-Aug-20 @ 1:58 PM
Im trying to find out if i can get a grant to do the house up. Its ex council house i have owned it about nearly 20 yrs. it needs new plaster all throughout house and new electrics probely not been rewired since being built in the 50s, Roof needs doing also and bath room needs sorting, im on low wage married so cannot afford to get it done. Thanks Paul.
OAK1 - 28-Aug-20 @ 3:12 PM
Hi I am wanting a new kitchen fitted, the kitchen I have now is falling apart and is very outdated not to mention damp on the ceiling, I am on universal credit also.
AAA - 28-Aug-20 @ 2:13 PM
I am looking for a renovation grant for a damp course and windows and roof for my 1920s semi ..How do I go about applying for this ?
Nia1983 - 23-Aug-20 @ 3:42 PM
I have a house that needs a lot of work to be done, in the front roof and back roof kitchen and lounge flooring. There is a constant smell of damp that needs to be addressed throughout the house. I would like a grant for the walls, loft and flooring to be installed with under floor installation.it is a nightmare in the winter months ahead and when ever it rains patches unsightly patches appear on the ceiling in the back and front of the house. I work very hard as carer but I can afford to do this my self. This Is why I am asking for any government grants, to help to bring the house up to a good standard, and I will be content and happy within my home.
Catherine Bramble - 18-Aug-20 @ 8:56 PM
Rising damp in house I brought 3 months ago and was wondering if I could get help as I have a partner with lung problems and a baby in the house
Dee dee - 13-Aug-20 @ 10:05 PM
Hi there, I bought a council house 3 years ago, its was in a bad state and its really bad and the bathroom is all broken at the moment. We have been trying to save money but unable to. Can we qualify for the grant?
wambo - 11-Aug-20 @ 11:15 PM
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
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