As a private landlord you may be eligible for a Landlord Grant to help towards the cost of repairing damage that has a direct detrimental effect on the health, safety, security and welfare of your tenants and that are needed to bring the property up to the Decent Homes Standard.
To qualify for the Landlord Grant:
You will have received an enforcement, prohibition or emergency remedial notice from the Council because your property has been assessed as having Category One hazards by the Council’s Environmental Health Team using the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).
This is a system used by all councils to identify and rate the risk of harm to people living in the property.
It looks at 29 health and safety areas.
This Grant only covers the cost of work needed to bring your property up to the Decent Homes Standard and ensure it is free from the Category One safety hazards as defined by HHSRS. Examples of work that could be included in the scheme include:
The Grant also covers essential fees like:
You cannot use the grant to pay for:
The Grant is for 50% of the cost of the eligible work (min £1,000/max £10,000).
We will give you a schedule of the eligible works and an application form. You will need to submit:
We will write to you within 21 days to you know if your application has been successful.
Please note: This is a discretionary grant with a limited budget – applications are dealt with in date order and can only be approved if we have funds available.
YOU MUST NOT START WORK BEFORE RECEIVING WRITTEN CONFIRMATION OR YOUR GRANT WILL BE WITHDRAWN
You must have your 50% share of the costs before we release the grant money.
We will pay your contractor direct on completion of interim stages and on receipt of their official invoice.
Their invoice must dated, signed and include:
Before we make payment:
You must contact us if any unforeseen works arise after your grant has been approved and work has started.
We may increase the amount grant awarded to pay for these additional works up to the maximum grant payable.
We won’t pay for additional works carried out without prior permission.
You are responsible for any costs which exceed the maximum grant available.
We will register the Landlord Grant as a local land charge against your property.
You must not sell the property, or stop letting the property within five years of the completion of the work.
If you breach these conditions we will take action to reclaim the Grant from you.
If we refuse your application we will explain why. If you think we haven’t assessed your situation fairly you can ask us to look at your application again. However, you should be aware that:
If you are unhappy with the way you have been treated by a member of the council’s staff or we haven’t done something we said we would do please let us know as soon as possible.
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