To assist landlords in East Suffolk, grants of up to £20,000 are available towards the cost of eligible works.
Affordable rent is linked to the Local Housing Allowance levels as used in calculating Housing Benefit/Universal Credit payments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.