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Help with home improvements

This advice applies to Northern Ireland

You can get help with the costs of home improvements from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive if you are a home-owner or a tenant. However, due to restricted funding, NIHE may only accept applications for certain grants. You can see which grants are currently available on the NIHE website at www.nihe.gov.uk.

Repair Grant

If you are a landlord or a tenant and your property is subject of a statutory repair notice from your local council, you can apply for a Repair Grant for help towards the cost of repairs.

This grant is unaffected by funding limitations.

arrowFor more information on Repair Grants, go to the Housing Executive website at www.nihe.gov.uk.

Disabled Facilities Grant

If you are an owner-occupier, landlord or private tenant you can get a Disabled Facilities Grant to help you carry out adaptations recommended by an occupational therapist for a disabled person living in the property.

This grant is unaffected funding limitations.

arrowFor more information on Disabled Facilities Grants, go to the Housing Executive website at www.nihe.gov.uk.

Renovation Grant

If you own or are a tenant in a house which has been inspected and found to be unfit to live in or a home that is presently fit to live in but which will become unfit if repairs are not carried out, you can apply for a Renovation Grant for help with the repairs.

This grant is discretionary and will only be approved in exceptional circumstances.

arrowFor more information on Renovation Grants, go to the Housing Executive website at www.nihe.gov.uk.

Replacement Grant

If you are an owner-occupier or a landlord in a rural area and your house is not fit to live in nor suitable for renovation, you can apply for a Replacement Grant for help with the costs of replacing the house.

This grant is discretionary and will only be approved in exceptional circumstances.

arrowFor more information on Replacement Grants, go to the Housing Executive website at www.nihe.gov.uk.

Home Repair Assistance Grant

If you are an owner-occupier or a private tenant and you need repairs to the outside of your house or work that will improve health and safety, you can apply for a Home Repair Assistance Grant for help with the costs. You have to be claiming certain income-related benefits or be aged 60 or over.

This grant is discretionary and will only be approved in exceptional circumstances.

arrowFor more information on Home Repair Assistance Grants, go to the Housing Executive website at www.nihe.gov.uk.

House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Grants

If you own a property within a specified regeneration area and need to bring it up to HMO standards for the number of people living in it, you can apply for a HMO Grant for help with the renovations.

This grant is discretionary and is currently closed to new applicants.

arrowFor more information on HMO Grants, go to the Housing Executive website at www.nihe.gov.uk.

Living Over The Shop Grant (LOTS)

If you live above a shop in certain areas of town centre regeneration and the condition of the dwelling means that you are at significant risk, you can apply for a LOTS grant to help with the costs of repair.

This grant is discretionary and will only be approved in exceptional circumstances.

arrowFor more information on LOTS Grants, go to the Housing Executive website at www.nihe.gov.uk.

Group Repair Scheme

The group repair scheme helps with the costs of external work to terraced housing.

This grant is discretionary and there are no new schemes at present.

arrowFor more information on the Group Repair Scheme, go to the Housing Executive website at www.nihe.gov.uk.

Affordable Warmth Grant Scheme

The Affordable Warmth Scheme provides a package of energy-efficiency and heating measures, tailored to each household.

This scheme is only available if you live in Northern Ireland and in an area being targeted by your local council.

arrowFor more information on the Affordable Warmth Scheme, go to the Housing Executive website at www.nihe.gov.uk

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