If your home only requires minor repairs to bring it up to a decent standard, you may be eligible for a home repair assistance grant of up to £5,000 (including VAT, fees, ancillary costs and unforeseen works). The grant can be used to:
Download a copy of the Housing Renewal Assistance Policy 2015 (updated 13 February 2017)(PDF 81kb).
To apply you must own and live in the property as your only home (shared ownership arrangements included) or be a tenant with a repairing obligation. You must have lived in the property for at least 3 years prior to the date of the grant application, the property must be at least 10 years old and fail the decent homes standard.
In addition, you must fall into one of the following categories:
*this amount will be reviewed every April
There are restrictions on who can apply for a grant, more information can be found in the Home Repair Assistance Grant Factsheet (February 2017)(PDF 43kb)
To meet the decent homes standard a property must:
If the property does not meet all four criteria, it will fail the standard.
All grants applied for after the 1 April 2015 are repayable in full if the property is sold or ownership is transferred to someone else. A local charge will be placed on the property when the grant is issued to alert the Council of any sale or transfer of ownership. The charge will only be removed once the grant has been repaid.
If you applied for and received a grant before the 1 April 2015 and you are considering selling the property, the repayment rules are different. If you are selling or transfer ownership of the property within 10 years of the date the grant was issued, the amount repayable is shown below:
Download a copy of the Home Repair Assistance Grant Application Form (PDF 188kb). Or you can also request an application form to be sent to you by contacting the Private Sector Housing Team:
Tel: 01695 585279