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Renovation grants for landlords

To assist landlords in East Suffolk, grants of up to £20,000 are available towards the cost of eligible works.

Who is eligible?

  • Grants are available to all landlords for houses that are to be let at an affordable rent level and where the landlord is prepared to take nominations from the council’s Housing Needs team.
  • Grants are available for homes that are currently rented, for vacant homes, for conversion of large houses into smaller dwellings and for the conversion of non-residential property to residential.
  • In the case of a vacant property and conversions there should be a proven need for the accommodation in that area.

Affordable rent is linked to the Local Housing Allowance levels as used in calculating Housing Benefit/Universal Credit payments.

What works can be considered?

  • Works to remedy serious health and safety hazards. This could include electrical rewiring, first time central heating where the existing heating is inadequate or remedying significant damp and structural issues
  • Works to bring an empty home back into use can be eligible, where the home has been empty for more than 2 years.
  • Creating new dwellings by conversion
  • In all cases all lofts will need to have at least 250mm of insulation and any cavity walls that are capable of being insulated should be insulated

How much help might I get?

Grants of up to £20,000 are available towards the cost of eligible works. We will calculate the cost of eligible works, usually from two independent estimates, up to the maximum.

The grants are not means tested, they are a simple 100% grant of the eligible cost up to the maximum. Grants are not normally given if the cost of works is less than £1,000.

Where the contractor is related to the applicant, or is a company that the applicant (or member of his/her family) is a director or employee of that contractor or company, the grant will only cover the cost of materials used.

Do I have to repay the grant?

The grant will require conditions to be met relating to the level of rent charged for the property. Details of these conditions are given in a deed of agreement that you will need to sign. The main requirement is that the property will be rented out at an affordable reasonable rent for a period of 15 years. You will be required to provide confirmation of this from time to time. If you fail to rent at the agreed rent level the grant becomes repayable.

The grant is also repayable if you fail to provide documentary proof of rent levels or if ownership of the property is transferred.

How is the grant paid?

Payment will be made directly to the contractor carrying out the works. This must be one of the contractors that originally estimated for the work.

You will be asked to confirm your satisfaction with the work prior to grant payment and the council will only pay for works that appear to be properly carried out. If you have a contribution to make towards the cost of works this must be paid before any grant money is issued.

Private Sector Leasing

In areas of housing need, the council may consider private sector leasing arrangements and fund any required works from the renovation grant with these costs being repaid from rental income. For more information on this option please contact our Private Sector Housing Team.

How do I make an application?

Initial enquiries can be made by contacting our Private Sector Housing Team.

If we feel that you may qualify for a grant we will then arrange to come and survey the property and provide you with an application pack.

Further information

This page only gives an outline of the grant procedure. Full details of the grants available, the process and conditions can be found in Appendix A of the East Suffolk Private Sector Housing Strategy.

All grants offered are subject to available budget levels and must help to meet the council’s strategic aims in relation to housing matters.