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Getting a Renovation Grant

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 25 Nov 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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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
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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
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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
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Libby - 2-Sep-18 @ 10:16 PM
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Polo - 1-Sep-18 @ 6:10 PM
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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.

Our Response:
Try:
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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
@Gwynfefwyn - why buy a property that you cannot afford to repair?
Baffled - 5-Jul-18 @ 11:30 AM
Gwynfefwyn - Your Question:
I'm on the verge of buying a property.There is a large amount of work to do on the property but I can't afford to do this work. Is there any help out there so I can have the basics done.roof needs doing,. Walls need picking down and replastered, floor boards needs renewing.Needs a kitchen ,Llinos

Our Response:
We don't know of any grants for this kind of thing, you could try your local council to see if any renovation grants are available, but if they consider you to be doing this as a money making project it will be refused. A loan would be a preferable solution.
GrantsExpert - 5-Jul-18 @ 11:28 AM
We have lived in our house for 24 years and need a new bathroom and kitchen we cannot afford to do the work as my partner is the only income coming in. The kitchen is dropping to pieces and the bathroom is same would we get help with any home improvements ?
Sh - 3-Jul-18 @ 12:32 PM
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Sonic - 2-Jul-18 @ 8:28 PM
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Gwynfefwyn - 1-Jul-18 @ 7:19 PM
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TC - 20-Jun-18 @ 2:49 PM
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Jane naylor - 20-Jun-18 @ 10:26 AM
Hi im a granparient and my daughter has chose heroine to her girgouse kids. I live in a one bedroom council bungallow. My wife and l have put in to take care of tge kids on a perminant basis but my wife can not because of her illness stand to move house again. Is there any grants out there that we could apply for to build an extension on to the bungallow to enable us all to live in the property. Any help would be greatfully appreciated. Amdrew.
rooder - 2-Jun-18 @ 11:41 AM
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Hasini - 30-May-18 @ 8:52 AM
I am over 70 and disabled on dla high rate and low rate carers allowance my roof needs replacing can I get agrant or loan for full or part for repares my wife is 69 and has knee replacements she does not claim any benefits as we are told she does not qualifiy
les - 27-May-18 @ 1:19 PM
My roof is leaking. I have slates missing. I live with my daughter and cannot affordnew roof. Please help.
Tray - 23-May-18 @ 3:27 PM
I have bought my 3 bedroom house and my roof leaks, it has come through my bedroom ceiling ,i have a bucket in the lift collecting rainwater. I have saved and had builders out to try repair roof and when they went the next time it rained it leaked again. I don't have any excess money to save for a roof as i work part time and I am also a carer for my auntie . Is there any grants available to help me
Shell - 21-May-18 @ 12:50 AM
I would like to know if I would be eligible for a grant to refurbish my property, I live in London England.
Nick - 4-May-18 @ 11:08 PM
I'mdoing a University assignment on improving energy efficiency in narrowboats. Do you know whether any home improvement grants are available (for insulation and/or double glazing) or are they all for bricks-and-mortar homes? Thanks for any help.
Celtic Fringe - 4-May-18 @ 12:30 PM
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