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Getting a Renovation Grant

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 4 Mar 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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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.
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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.
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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
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GH - 13-Feb-21 @ 3:15 PM
Hello My home is very old and. A single mom . Out of work right now, and my home is very old and desperately need repairing. The roof is beginning to leak , the doors need replacing, the windows need replacing, the floors need replacing basically my whole home by Weds remodeling the seals or coming or of the outside windows I really need help. Thanks Bless you.
Chell - 13-Feb-21 @ 5:26 AM
My house is 1900, I had insulation but my downstairs is still freezing, my windows and doors are so draughty, I live in south wales are there any grants available please.
Dan - 12-Feb-21 @ 11:08 AM
160 yr old terraced original roof multiple leaks are there any grants available also on Tax credits & PIP
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I would like some informationon a renovation grant and an application form, please. Thankyou
Raj - 9-Feb-21 @ 10:44 AM
We would like information on a grant for home improvement new roof, plumbing, hvac. Thank you for your time...
Yoshi - 9-Feb-21 @ 2:22 AM
I would like some informationon a renovation grant and an application form, please.
Herbie - 6-Feb-21 @ 8:26 PM
This house was built in around 1939-1942. No running water, the house needs rewiring, sliding it needs100%flipping totally, no bathroom, roof is totally gone, porch needs repaired Could I get a free grant fortotal repair of this house? I'ma senior citizen recovering from cancer. This house means a lot to me. I will never be able to afford a house in my lifetime. I love the country. This house was given to me. It was one of thehouses that the government let blacksbought around 1940 with loans....which is kind of historical. Would someone givea free grant or direct me to an agency or agencies that could help me?
Gail - 5-Feb-21 @ 7:09 AM
Im interested in getting a grant for home repairs that r needed
None - 3-Feb-21 @ 3:03 PM
Hi how do you apply for a home improvement/renovation grant please? It would be for roof repairs/ new roof under Sefton Council Many thanks
Hayley - 2-Feb-21 @ 9:36 AM
I am enquiring about my roof it is leaking and is in bad shape. Could you please advise what to do next to apply for a grant. Thanks Jo
Jo - 1-Feb-21 @ 3:28 PM
I live in a grade 2 listed house and have been trying to get a grant to do urgent repairs to my roof which is leaking I am on minimum wage and cannot afford the cost of repairs and have contacted my local council for help with obtaining a grant but they have not been very helpful I would be grateful for any help.
Kay - 16-Jan-21 @ 10:08 PM
I am interested in obtaining a grant for a roof replacement and possibly a safety tub/ shower. I have had to get my roof patches at l least 3 times because I cannot afford a new one. I am disabled and really need a tub/shower to utilize safely but I cannot even afford that due to my income and my bathroom is pretty small already and difficult to enough to move around in. I would greatly appreciate any grants that you have to assist me.Thank you for considering me.
Crystal - 16-Jan-21 @ 9:08 PM
My neighbor is 78 has just lost her histband to covid and survived it herself. She has come out of hospital and her wiring has blown up and she need a full rewire. She has limited saving and I wonder could she get a grant as the house is a 1930 house. Any advice is greatly appreciated as this very sad time. She won’t move our as she has two dogs that are her life. So we are trying to keep her warm with electricity from my house and with heaters ??
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