Important - changes to licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO): the Government has extended the Mandatory HMO Licensing Scheme to include more properties. Find out what properties are now included.
Grants for Landlords
Financial assistance is available from the council to assist property owners in the private sector to bring long-term empty properties back in to use. This assistance is discretionary and dependent on funding.
Due to budget constraints there are currently no Empty Property grants available.
A decent homes grant provides financial assistance to qualifying applicants. A property has to fail the decent homes standard in order to qualify for financial assistance. Grants are currently available to vulnerable owner occupiers who are in receipt of one of the following means tested benefits:
- Income support
- Housing benefit
- Council tax benefit
- Income based job seekers allowance
- Attendance allowance
- Disability living allowance
- Industrial injuries disablement benefit
- War disablement pension
- Pension credit
- Working tax credit which includes disability element (income less than £14,200)
- Child tax credit which includes disability element (income less than £14,200)
If you would like more information on Decent Homes Grants or would like to apply for a grant please contact the Housing Improvement Team (Private Sector) on 020 8489 5112.
Disabled Facility Grants are also available to qualifying residents. Applicants must be assessed by an occupational therapist as part of the grant application process. Disabled facility grants are administered through Adult Social Care within the Adult Culture and Community Service who you can contact on 020 8489 1400 to arrange an initial assessment.
This is a national scheme funded by Central Government to assist those deemed to be vulnerable with heating and insulating their properties. The scheme is available to both private tenants and homeowners (but social housing tenants are not eligible). In order to find out if you are eligible, please call the Energy Saving Advice Service for assistance. Their number is 0300 123 1234, and you can visit their website via the external links section below.
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