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Getting a Renovation Grant

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 4 Feb 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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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
Ali bongo - Your Question:
Hi, my husband suffers from sevear depression, its getting more and more difficult for him to work. The house we 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.

Our Response:
We're not aware of anything specifically but in your area, there may be grants for insulation etc.Please try a search on the Turn 2 Us website or ask at your local council.
GrantsExpert - 15-Jan-18 @ 2:51 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
Hi I don't know what to do I'm fed up, past 5 yrs I'm trying to get local council grant to repair my house I have 2 kids my house is damped upstairs downstairs windows doors poor condition specially the kitchen damped moulds inside draws, whenever I ask they say postcode ain't been selected yet.
Nabz - 5-Oct-17 @ 7:49 PM
Maggie - Your Question:
Our flat was built in the 70's we bought it in 2006 and the council upgraded building (re rendering, gutters etc) our share was £4000 and we got a grant for being a homeowner (35%). Work was completed in Feb 2016 and we have now decided to sell will we need to pay the grant back to the council plus interest? If so how is the interest calculated. Our solicitor checked the title deeds and it's still not updated yet but we know it will likely cause a problem at some point. Regards Maggie

Our Response:
You need to contact the council and find out the terms included with the grant etc.
GrantsExpert - 3-Oct-17 @ 9:38 AM
Our flat was built in the 70's we bought it in 2006 and the council upgraded building(re rendering, gutters etc) our share was £4000 and we got a grant for being a homeowner (35%). Work was completed in Feb 2016 and we have now decided to sell will we need to pay the grant back to the council plus interest?If so how is the interest calculated. Our solicitor checked the title deeds and it's still not updated yet but we know it will likely cause a problem at some point. Regards Maggie
Maggie - 30-Sep-17 @ 8:09 AM
Fran - Your Question:
Hi, I moved back to my home county of Devon, but could only afford a "park home" at the time. I do not have any insulation, heating or hot water apart from the electric shower and boiling the kettle. I can't really afford to move. I have always worked and still do, but now I'm 57 and need soRevere dry and warm to live. Are there any grants available for me to improve my current living conditions????

Our Response:
It's worth contacting your local council. Grants and low cost loans are offered to Park Home owners in some parts of Devon.
GrantsExpert - 26-Sep-17 @ 12:50 PM
Hi, I moved back to my home county of Devon,but could only afford a "park home" at the time.I do not have any insulation, heating or hot water apart from the electric shower and boiling the kettle. I can't really afford to move.I have always worked and still do, but now I'm 57 and need so Revere dry and warm to live.Are there any grants available for me to improve my current living conditions????
Fran - 24-Sep-17 @ 8:53 PM
Josh Howell - Your Question:
Hi there,Me and my wife live in a one bedroom semi detached bungalow. My wife is disabled and recieves PIP, we're both on working tax credits too. We're both self employed and are trying to set up a upcycling business and sell vintage items, I want to base this from my house so I can care for her and be with her at all times. We have an area which could be used for an extention and build a room suitable for us to work from, is there ANY kind of grant that could fund or partially help us to do so? Thanks, Josh.

Our Response:
We're not aware of any grants for this specific purpose. If adaptations are needed to help with day to day living the Disabled Facitilites Grant might work for you.
GrantsExpert - 15-Sep-17 @ 10:21 AM
Hi there, Me and my wife live in a one bedroom semi detached bungalow. My wife is disabled and recieves PIP, we're both on working tax credits too. We're both self employed and are trying to set up a upcycling business and sell vintage items, I want to base this from my house so I can care for her and be with her at all times. We have an area which could be used for an extention and build a room suitable for us to work from, is there ANY kind of grant that could fund or partially help us to do so? Thanks, Josh.
Josh Howell - 14-Sep-17 @ 12:18 AM
Marcus Pinkney - Your Question:
Hi there, me and my other half both work and have moved into our first hone together. Its a mid terrace home. The other day I noticed that brickwork was in my yard randomly, my neighbour told me it was from my chimney and it has put a hole in his conservatory roof also. Upon closer inspection we noticed the chimney is falling and there are tiles missing in the roof. This damage or repair us not covered on my buildings insurance. Is there any help for this because we don't have that kind of money. Many thanks

Our Response:
We don't know of any grants available but your home insurance should cover damage to a third party property- make sure you check it out properly.
GrantsExpert - 12-Sep-17 @ 2:16 PM
Hi there, me and my other half both work and have moved into our first hone together.Its a mid terrace home. The other day I noticed that brickwork was in my yard randomly, my neighbour told me it was from my chimney and it has put a hole in his conservatory roof also. Upon closer inspection we noticed the chimney is falling and there are tiles missing in the roof. This damage or repair us not covered on my buildings insurance. Is there any help for this because we don't have that kind of money. Many thanks
Marcus Pinkney - 11-Sep-17 @ 6:40 PM
This is an enquiry for a friend, She is mid 50s, Has lived with her parents all of her life, Both of her parents have now passed away, She is living in a house with no central heating, Electrics have never been updated for many years, The place is falling to bits but its her family home which goes back over 200 years, She is not working due to ill health herself, Is there any help she can get to get heating, electrics, windows,doors?
smudger - 10-Sep-17 @ 7:14 PM
Leanne - Your Question:
Hi I'm on esa and pip and find it hard getting upstairs for the toilet due to my bad back and sceatica I'm wondering if I could get a grant for a downstairs toilet to be fitted

Our Response:
You might be able to apply for this via the disabled facilities grant. There's more information on that here
GrantsExpert - 6-Sep-17 @ 12:47 PM
WeeAl74 - Your Question:
Hi, Myself and my partner are in the final stages of buying our first home. Although it is lived in at the moment it has no central heating, no damp proofing, old single glazing wooden window frames are rotten, barely a kitchen and a bathroom I'll save you a discription of! The house is going to be our only and main address, we have 3 children, 18, 12 & 3. Would be qualify for any grants?

Our Response:
It's unlikely that any grants would be available for this, but you should try your local authority first of all.
GrantsExpert - 6-Sep-17 @ 11:52 AM
Adam - Your Question:
Hi. Both me and my wife would like to foster children but, At the moment we only have 2 bedrooms. One for us and one for my daughter. We have an attached garage and a good sized loft. Is there currently any grants or funding to pay for these conversations which would help us take in these children.

Our Response:
Many local authorities provide grants for property adaptions for fosterers, try your local council to see what's available in your area. The Fosterline website also has lots of information available.
GrantsExpert - 5-Sep-17 @ 12:04 PM
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