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Getting a Renovation Grant

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 12 Feb 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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I am a home owner. I've lived in my house for 19 years. I'm disabled and 60 years old, I live on my own. Is there a grant available for me to get a new roof.?
Earwig - 12-Feb-19 @ 7:18 AM
Good day, My property is 100 years old, there is a stone retaining wall to the front of the property directly on to the main road. The retaining wall is cracking and beginning to lean towards the road. Are there any local authority grants available to help with the cost of repair/rebuild. It is stable at present however may become unstable/unsafe in the near future. Any advice much appreciated, Wrexham County Council, North Wales.
James - 11-Feb-19 @ 8:10 PM
Good day am looking for grant to help my old parents their home is more than 40 years old the roof, floor abd the walls are in bad shape. If i had power I would have blessed them to fix their home. I need [to be renovated since they where given houses where never being renovated may help be my blessing Amen Michelle- 10-Feb-2020
Michelle - 10-Feb-19 @ 1:43 PM
Good day am looking for grant to help my old parents their home is more than 40 years old the roof, floor abd the walls are in bad shape. If i had power I would have blessed them to fix their home. I need [to be renovated since they where given houses where never being renovated may help be my blessing Amen Michelle- 10-Feb-2020
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
My wife brought a house which is roughly 100yrs old the roof is leaking and some of the interior walls are crumbling is there any help she can get at all. Thank you.
Brett - 30-Jan-19 @ 10:20 AM
I'm over 60 and my husband is 65 my roof is leaking in a back bedroom which is resulting in my roof needed a bit of work me and my husband don't earn enough money to pay for it and we are struggling I was wondering if there was any help out there for me
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
We bought our council house 1999 but have not touched the electrics.The house was built in th 1960's and badly needs rewired. Would i be eligible for a grant. I am retired.
WMcF - 4-Jan-19 @ 6:16 AM
I have pip and esa at the.higher rate. I live on a noisy road. I have double glazing. But it's basic and indlqute. I am bit deaf but with noise upset my heightened hearing. The noise noise come from the two front windows. I have major diagnosed depression and aspergers. And been tested for extra sensory hearing.
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
I was lefty parents house when they died after 3 years there was a fire that coursed alot of damage but i wasnt insured.ive been in sick benifits for over 5 years and am living in the house no electrics no gas or water i feel like im stuck and have to live like this which has made my health deteriate as i dont no ic there is any help out there im entitled to can any help
Gaz - 22-Nov-18 @ 12:33 PM
Are there any grants available for old electrics eg. Old electric fuze box??
Gordon - 19-Nov-18 @ 5:02 PM
Been in the same council house since 1979 brought it in 2000 finished paying for the house in 2015 never had central heating or never had kitchen redone when the council done the kitchen was wondering if I could get a grant to do these things partner is 70 and I am 57 I work in retail 36 hours a week an partner work 36 hours a week but do to retire soon as he has worked over retirement age it’s been a struggle to buy the house and bring up a family but we got through it think it would be nice to have the simple things in life such as central heating and maybe my bathroom moved from my kitchen just wondering if we could get a grant to do this
Angie - 16-Nov-18 @ 12:01 PM
Can you please advise me if u give grants for low income single parents for a new roof please... Thankyoi
Cherokee - 2-Oct-18 @ 5:29 PM
When we had the storms last week , water was coming through my bathroom ceiling due to water pouring through my roof.Insurance won’t cover it due to wear and tear . Husband has sealed it with bin bags.Need a new roof a s a pNeed advise
Donna - 2-Oct-18 @ 9:44 AM
I was wondering if I can get a grant for my guttering.And a down pipe that's soaking all my walls. I do own the property and I'm getting pension credit
Chunt - 21-Sep-18 @ 12:03 PM
I am living on the Graig, Pontypridd and earn a small wage, I am 63years of age on a small wage. I have recently started decorating and find i have a lot of damp and woodworm, would i be entitled for a grant as i really do not know where to start?
Libby - 2-Sep-18 @ 10:16 PM
We bought a house wich is situated between two council propertys.the other properties which are on either side will shortly be having new roof tiles and felt .will we be entitled to any grants that will include our roof being renewed to match the other joining properties.
Polo - 1-Sep-18 @ 6:10 PM
I've moved into a small flat, and it had no curtains concrete floor throughout and they ripped out the shower. The plug sockets are and kitchen are not fit for purpose as I have to have my small fridge bang in the way of the door. As there isn't any cupboard space. Who can I contact to get this things sorted as it would make a huge difference to my life. I was recently homeless due to resigning from work as my mother was unwell and is currently terminal from copd. Any help or information will be greatly received.
Daniel - 30-Aug-18 @ 5:31 AM
Caron - Your Question:
We purchased a house on the Isle of Lewis last year and there was a large semi-derelict barn/older dwelling constructed of stone in the back garden. We thought we could renovate the building and turn it into a bunkhouse. This would give us an income in our retirement. However, the house had many problems and it has taken most of our renovation budget to rectify those and make the property habitable. We have heard there may be grants available to help us with the building costs of renovating the barn so that we can turn it into a bunkhouse. As this is a business proposal and not to make a home habitable we are unsure if we will get a grant. We are reluctant to apply for a bank loan as we are not sure of how much income we would generate to be able to repay the loan. Does anyone know of any scheme that may help us.

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GrantsExpert - 28-Aug-18 @ 10:56 AM
We purchased a house on the Isle of Lewis last year and there was a large semi-derelict barn/older dwelling constructed of stone in the back garden.We thought we could renovate the building and turn it into a bunkhouse.This would give us an income in our retirement.However, the house had many problems and it has taken most of our renovation budget to rectify those and make the property habitable.We have heard there may be grants available to help us with the building costs of renovating the barn so that we can turn it into a bunkhouse.As this is a business proposal and not to make a home habitable we are unsure if we will get a grant. We are reluctant to apply for a bank loan as we are not sure of how much income we would generate to be able to repay the loan. Does anyone know of any scheme that may help us.
Caron - 27-Aug-18 @ 9:18 AM
I'm trying to find out as i rent a Bungalow 2 bed and we have green and white black mould and smells through this hot weather i have my damp humidifieron and bags in side wardrobe as so bad im a tenant and dont know what to do i have an reynard's from the damp andalot more bad health from it thanks
Les - 23-Aug-18 @ 8:13 PM
Hi We bought a grade 2 thatched cottage and were told it had 15 years left on the roof. It turns out it has 3 max. Would we be able to get a grant to help towards the cost of a new thatch?
Nikki - 14-Aug-18 @ 5:36 PM
Hi, I'm a single mum with 5 children.I'm living in a family home it's a 3 bedroom flat. My ex husband doesn't help me financially with home repairs or anything else. I'm working part time but I can't do all the repairs in the house as my roof is leaking and my house has got damp everything is falling into pieces I have big cracks on my wall plaster is coming off.I tried to repair the roof and walls few time but can't afford to pay for pay for the whole house. I was wondering if I could get help with my homerepairs.
Husna - 12-Aug-18 @ 11:35 PM
Hello, I'm struggling living in our run down house that desperatly needs work on the tiny off shot kitchen and bathroom. My kitchen is basically a charity shop bought sideboard and our bathroom is in bits. Ive tried to do the work myself but im strugglingto do the basics on a low income. I have a mobilty and mental health issue and my son is SEN disabilities. I'm a single older parent with ni support from family or friends and the house is getting us down as i can't afford to do the work or have the energy these days. We are living in a mess and i don't know where to go as im in my own mortgaged property. Please can you advise me. I live in Sheffield.
Jean - 4-Aug-18 @ 12:42 PM
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