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Getting a Renovation Grant

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 17 May 2017 | 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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Dukie - Your Question:
We have an elderly blind relative who owns his council house that needs serious renovation eg: rewiring, central heating, downstairs shower room and a modern kitchen.He is 80 years blind and lives alone, Is he entitled to any grants?

Our Response:
He should be eligible for a disabled facilities grant. Ask at his local council for information.
GrantsExpert - 17-May-17 @ 2:40 PM
I need a complete rewire in bungaliw
j - 17-May-17 @ 1:30 PM
We have an elderly blind relative who owns his council house that needs serious renovation eg: rewiring, central heating, downstairs shower room and a modern kitchen. He is 80 years blind and lives alone, Is he entitled to any grants?
Dukie - 16-May-17 @ 8:14 PM
Hi I am looking at getting a replacement roof for my house and I don't work! My husband does but we can't afford for one to be done we have had a number of companies come out and give us a price! Who do I speak to, to get help?
Lisa - 16-May-17 @ 8:39 AM
jim - Your Question:
I am looking for a grant to replace the roof on my bungalow and I have no idea where to start

Our Response:
There are very few grants for things like this nowadays. You could try the Turn 2 Us website which might give you an idea of anything in your particular region.
GrantsExpert - 11-May-17 @ 10:29 AM
hi i am disabled on pip and eas ,and i recently bought my own property with money i got from separationsoi own my house but 8 weeks ini have found a few problems, one it needs a total rewire and its dangerous and i cant put anything on as it flips the eletric offandshower does not work so i am having to sit on stool in bath and my daughter pours water over me with a jug ? . . i am so desperate and dont know what to do about it all i dont have any funds available to cover all these works , please could you help me . marie edge
marie - 9-May-17 @ 8:35 PM
I am looking for a grant to replace the roof on my bungalow and I have no idea where to start
jim - 8-May-17 @ 5:59 PM
would I qualify for a grant as I have just bought a house that needs serious refurbishment, I have heard that I would have to rent it out for 5 years, that's ok as this is what I want to do, will I qualify?
jojo - 27-Apr-17 @ 8:58 PM
Nabz - Your Question:
Hi I really need help, it's been 4 years I'm trying to get a grant from local council they always say not available for postcode or maybe lying. I have my own house 2 kids age 2 and 5 the house had rising damp bad doors windows also the house is build on solid brickwork no insulation need new electricity. My kids fall ill every week don't no if it's of damp. I'm self employed don't earn much don't have any savings. If any one can help recommend please

Our Response:
There are very few renovation grants available. You could try the Turn 2 Us grant search facility which has up to date information on any help you can get depending on where you live, your income etc.
GrantsExpert - 27-Apr-17 @ 12:08 PM
Lou - Your Question:
I've recently bought a bungalow. I instructed the soliciter to ask the owners to move things but they haven't.Today I've had some one look at the electrics and been told it's a wonder the bungalow hasn't burnt down.I feel like I've been ripped of What can I do

Our Response:
What do you feel you have been ripped off about and by whom? Was a survey done? Did the solicitor organised a sellers information pack etc?
GrantsExpert - 27-Apr-17 @ 12:02 PM
Hi I really need help, it's been 4 years I'm trying to get a grant from local council they always say not available for postcode or maybe lying. I have my own house 2 kids age 2 and 5 the house had rising damp bad doors windows also the house is build on solid brickwork no insulation need new electricity. My kids fall ill every week don't no if it's of damp. I'm self employed don't earn much don't have any savings. If any one can help recommend please
Nabz - 26-Apr-17 @ 2:42 PM
I've recently bought a bungalow. I instructed the soliciter to ask the owners to move things but they haven't. Today I've had some one look at the electrics and been told it's a wonder the bungalow hasn't burnt down. I feel like I've been ripped of What can I do
Lou - 26-Apr-17 @ 7:40 AM
Hi.Live in Hull,had a few redundancies over several years,and still trying to renovate my kirchen.Are there any grants for this type of work??
Andy - 25-Apr-17 @ 8:11 PM
Hi .can you give further advice on grants for Windows over 5 years ...my Windows are 17 years old ...i have been medically retired 2 years ago and receive pip and contribution esa.. Thank you
Polystar - 18-Apr-17 @ 12:00 PM
Had council grant for roof but living below tolerable standard council has no money im im an owner registed disability lot of heath problems and stoke is the anywher ican apply to for from charatable sources outwith council im 60 and not eligable to remorgage for this help either
Ustme - 14-Apr-17 @ 1:30 PM
Hello. I'm looking at a d2 class building in need of huge repairs Prior to be in any state fit for use. The owner has had the building for nearly 10 years and it's been left unattended. What route could I possibly go down with regards to grants to restore it to its former glory. Kind regards Dan
Dan - 12-Apr-17 @ 3:45 PM
Please note we cannot give individual answers about renovation grants. As you will see from the sentence at the beginning of article, there are very few of these grants available so try your local council first. You can also try the Turn 2 Us website
GrantsExpert - 5-Apr-17 @ 1:01 PM
Elaine Kerrigan- Your Question:
I have a back garden that needs to be cleared and cannot afford to hire a skip as being on low income and having young children. I would like a nice garden that's addaquete. For them

Our Response:
Ask your local council and see if there is any other support in your area to help clear away the waste.
GrantsExpert - 5-Apr-17 @ 10:44 AM
we are owner occupiers of a house which was built circa 1920. We have alot of problems with damp and regularly wipe the walls of black damp. This is most prevalent in the end wall and my sons bedroom . I am concerned this will have adverse health implications. The house needs new guttering also. our household income is approximately £12000 , tax credits, p i p lower rate Would there be any support available please
pidge - 4-Apr-17 @ 12:02 PM
We have just bought a 16th century grade 2 listed cottage which requires extensive renovation including digging down the floors and repairing the beams. It is not in a preservation area so I don't think we are eligible for a heritage grant. Any suggestions?
FarmerT - 4-Apr-17 @ 9:24 AM
I have a back garden that needs to be cleared and cannot afford to hire a skip as being on low income and having young children. I would like a nice garden that's addaquete. For them
Elaine Kerrigan - 3-Apr-17 @ 5:36 PM
I have recently. Separated from my ex and have twin boys six in Jan I had heart attack. And so receive esa at present. I've applied for PIP and am waiting to hear back I need to see if I xan have assistance. In help as I've taken over the tenancy. And being on a low income cannot afford the cost of what needs to be done
ElaineKerrigan - 3-Apr-17 @ 5:33 PM
Farah - Your Question:
Hi. can you please help me. My mum is claiming personal independence payment. Can she apply for a renovation grant. the house is owned by her and is old. it needs roofs, plastering and has a damp in 2 bedrooms. Please advise Thank you

Our Response:
Not many authorities offer the renovation grants nowadays...you will need to check with your mother's local council directly.
GrantsExpert - 3-Apr-17 @ 11:49 AM
Hi I've just brought a house a split up from my Ex and it turns out it's not been rewired since it was built in the 70s and I've been told it needs a total re wire.I work 16 hours on working tax credits and child tax credits and on a low income.Is there any help I can get with the cost ?
Jen - 2-Apr-17 @ 8:58 AM
Hi.. can you please help me. My mum is claiming personal independence payment.. Can she apply for a renovation grant..the house is owned by her and is old.. it needs roofs, plastering and has a damp in 2 bedrooms... Please advise Thank you
Farah - 31-Mar-17 @ 12:05 PM
Hi my husband and I have just purchased a house with a mortgage. It is in desperate need of refurbishment. Currently has no kitchen or bathroom therefore inhabitable. The quotes we are getting are very pricey (more than anticipated). We have three children and our second child suffers from a disability. Furthermore our income just meets our living and mortgage repayment costs. So there isn't much left to save for repairs. Would we be eligible for a grant to cover the re-wiring, heating and plastering etc?
Hud - 29-Mar-17 @ 5:32 PM
please could you help my in laws with cost of their new kithchen and bathroom they are both disabled they have riding damp and are suffering a lot their tiles are falling off snd paint waits is keep peeling too , they are suffering a lot with coughs and breathing problems and keep falling ill she is diabetic and because of her arthritis she can't get around the kitchen very well !!!! They need immediate help ..
Sukhi - 28-Mar-17 @ 6:44 PM
Hello. I just bought a Victorian House that was build in 1920. There is a lot of things going on with my house. The water heater is broken, needs new roof, basement needs to be fixed, electric wiring problems and kitchen and rooms not insulated. Can I get a grant for my house?
Gabe - 28-Mar-17 @ 3:31 PM
Dee dee - Your Question:
Hi I own my own house my mum has dementia and will not b able to live in her flat for much longer I don't have any room for her and no downstairs toilets could I get help with a grant to put a downstairs bedroom and bathroom in so as she could live with me rather than going into a home !! Her mobility is really bad snd she can't climb the stairs !!

Our Response:
Does she have any income of her own? Is her property owned for example? If not, ask social services what the options are for care funding and whether home adaptations are covered.
GrantsExpert - 27-Mar-17 @ 12:49 PM
Hi I own my own house my mum has dementia and will not b able to live in her flat for much longer I don't have any room for her and no downstairs toilets could I get help with a grant to put a downstairs bedroom and bathroom in so as she could live with me rather than going into a home !! Her mobility is really bad snd she can't climb the stairs !!
Dee dee - 25-Mar-17 @ 11:19 PM
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