The council provides financial assistance to homeowners, and sometimes tenants of privately-owned properties.
Disabled Facilities Grants for adaptations to the homes of disabled owner-occupiers and private tenants are governed by the ‘Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996’. You can view the council's own leaflet below.
Decent Homes Repayable Assistance is financial assistance (a loan) to bring private sector dwellings up to the 'Decent Homes Standard', which was introduced by the Government to assess the condition of homes. Assistance may be available where there is a significant hazard within the property, or disrepair, which breaches the standard.
Small Works Repayable Assistance is financial assistance which may be available where there is a hazard as defined under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) or a defect which is likely to damage the fabric of a property unless it is repaired.
To decide whether you are eligible for Decent Homes Repayable Assistance or Small Works Repayable Assistance you need to complete and return an Initial Assessment Form.
Further information on grants and benefits can also be found on the Government's website.
You will find information on the maintenance, repair and adaptation of council tenants’ homes in our Tenants Handbook leaflet 'repairs and improvements to your home'
For more information on financial assistance in the private sector, contact the C.A.R.E. and Grants Team.