There aren't as many grants available now to help with poor housing as there were 10 years ago. However, you can still get some help if you need to adapt your home because you have a disability, if you are a landlord and you have been issued with a statutory notice by the council, if you are a homeowner living in a flooding zone, if you want to improve the energy efficiency of your home or if your home is in such a serious state of disrepair that it could cause death or serious injury.
A repairs grant is available to help cover the cost of carrying out repairs required after your local council has issued a Notice of Disrepair on a protected tenancy or a Public Health Notice on any other property. You can get up to £7,500 depending on the type of work needed.
You are usually responsible for carrying out any repairs or improvements once you have bought your home. It's very difficult to get grant approval from the Housing Executive to help you with the cost of repairs. These days, this type of grant will only be awarded if the Housing Executive believes the condition of the property is likely to cause a very real and very serious risk to the life of the person living in it.
If you have a physical illness or disability you may need some alterations carried out to your home to help you get around. If you’re a private tenant, you’ll need to get your landlord’s permission to alter the property in any way. Alterations could range from the relatively small, like a ramp or a handrail, through to larger adaptations such as putting in a downstairs toilet.
The Housing Executive has the authority to approve other grants, aside from the Disabled Facilities Grant and the Repair Grant. However, the Housing Executive will only approve the payment of these grants in very extreme circumstances. Grants will only be approved if the Housing Executive believes that there is an imminent and serious risk to the health or safety of the person living in the property.
You may be able to get some grant funding to make your home more energy efficient. A lack of proper insulation and ventilation can lead to lots of other problems, like serious damp and mould appearing in the property. You might be entitled to money off the cost of insulating your home or you could get the property insulated for free.