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When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Grants

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. 

Disabled facilities grants can be paid to help homeowners or private tenants who have a disability undertake certain adaptations recommended by an Occupational Therapist.

A repairs grant is available to help cover the cost of carrying out repairs required after you local council has issued a Notice of Disrepair on a protected tenancy or a Public Health Notice on any other property. Only landlords or some private tenants can apply for a repairs grant. You can get up to £7,500 depending on the type of work needed.

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 eligible for a grant if you own a property that has been flooded or is in a known flood risk area. This grant will allow homeowners to install physical barriers and equipment to help reduce the impact of flooding on their homes.

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.