Home improvements for older homeowners or private tenants, and for people with disabilities

Through the Caring and Repairing in Epping Forest (C.A.R.E.) Home Improvement Agency, the Council seeks to assist older people and disabled home owners to improve, repair or adapt their houses. We may also be able to assist with home improvements to prevent hospital admission, or to support prompt discharge from hospital. Further information, including the grants available to residents and schemes available can be found here:


C.A.R.E. also provides a handyperson service to retired home-owners and private tenants who are over the age of 60. Our reputable and vetted contractors carry out small, low cost repairs and home security work. They can also provide falls prevention measures.  There is a charge for the service, which is lower for people on means-tested benefits.


Our C.A.R.E. Garden Clearance Scheme is available to home owners and private tenants and is run in conjunction with Voluntary Action Epping Forest. It is open to people who are identified as being vulnerable or at risk because of age, disability or illness. The scheme does not cover routine garden maintenance, applicants must have at least one of the following:

  • an overgrown garden that could result in trips or falls
  • trees or bushes overshadowing the front door leading to a fear of crime
  • a garden that has deteriorated giving the impression that the property is unoccupied
  • an overgrown garden that impedes access by social care, health or other support workers


Contact the Private Sector Housing Assistance Team for more information on any of the above services. Phone 01992 564086 or email pshgrantsandcare@eppingforestdc.gov.uk