Private housing grants

This page provides information on grants and private housing assistance available for private renants and home owners. 

Who can apply

You can apply for assistance is you are: 

  • aged 18 or over, although applications for grants can be made on behalf of children under the age of 18 by a parent or guardian, and
  • be a UK citizen (have a UK National Insurance number), or
  • have the Registered Office in the UK (if a Limited Company)

You are strongly advised not to start any eligible work before their application for assistance is approved.

About the grants

Grant calculations are based on what the council considers to be a reasonable price for the work (known as the eligible expense).

This may not be as much as the estimated expense.

For grants, eligible expense will always exclude labour carried out by the applicant or a member of their family.

Where the council’s agency is managing the works, payment will normally be made direct to the main contractor(s) not their sub-contractors or grant applicant(s).

Payment will only be made if acceptable invoices are submitted upon completion. Grants labelled (discretionary) may be revised, prioritised or withdrawn, without prior notice as they are subject to the council having sufficient financial resources.

For more information about the grants or to apply, please contact Private Housing Services

Private housing grants

Disabled facilities grant (mandatory)

You could get if you’re disabled and need to make changes to your home, for example to:

  • widen doors and install ramps
  • improve access to rooms and facilities - eg stairlifts or a downstairs bathroom
  • provide a heating system suitable for your needs
  • adapt heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use

About the grant

The Disabled facilities grant (mandatory):

  • is means tested according to detailed government regulations
  • is the difference between the disabled person’s means tested contribution and the eligible expense

On completion the dwelling must be free from serious (HHSRS category 1) hazards, except where insistence on remedying such problems would prevent completion of DFG and therefore disabled person’s ability to remain at home.

How much will you get

  • The grant is is up to £30,000
  • Discretionary grant is also paid for the shortfall between £30,000 max mandatory DFG plus the disabled person’s means tested contribution, and the eligible expense.
  • A self-fund option is permitted whereby the grant applicant prepares a scheme of adaptations that is more elaborate than necessary, partly funding these works using the amount of grant that would have been paid towards a basic scheme, had that basic scheme been executed.
  • Disabled Facilities Grants are not normally repayable.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible, you or someone living in your property must be disabled.

Either you or the person you’re applying for must:

  • own the property or be a tenant
  • intend to live in the property during the grant period (which is currently 5 years).

You can also apply for a grant if you’re a landlord and have a disabled tenant.

The council needs to be happy that the work is:

  • necessary and appropriate to meet the disabled person’s needs
  • the most reasonable option and can be done – depending on the age and condition of the property

Who can apply?

This service is for owner occupiers and private (including RSL) tenants 

Disabled facilities grant (discretionary)

You could get if you’re disabled and need to make changes to your home, for example to:

  • widen doors and install ramps
  • improve access to rooms and facilities - eg stairlifts or a downstairs bathroom
  • provide a heating system suitable for your needs
  • adapt heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use

About the grant

The Disabled facilities grant (discretionary) is not means tested.

On completion the dwelling must be free from serious (HHSRS category 1) hazards, except where insistence on remedying such problems would prevent completion of DFG and therefore disabled person’s ability to remain at home.

How much will you get

  • A self-fund option is permitted whereby the grant applicant prepares a scheme of adaptations that is more elaborate than necessary, partly funding these works using the amount of grant that would have been paid towards a basic scheme, had that basic scheme been executed.
  • Disabled Facilities Grants are not normally repayable.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible, you or someone living in your property must be disabled.

Either you or the person you’re applying for must:

  • own the property or be a tenant
  • intend to live in the property during the grant period (which is currently 5 years).

You can also apply for a grant if you’re a landlord and have a disabled tenant.

The council needs to be happy that the work is:

  • necessary and appropriate to meet the disabled person’s needs
  • the most reasonable option and can be done – depending on the age and condition of the property. 

Who can apply?

This service is for owner occupiers and private (including RSL) tenants 

Relocation grant

If you are disabled and you do not qualify for help to adapt your existing home, you may be able to apply for a Relocation Grant.

About the grant

When a disabled person’s home cannot reasonably and practicably be adapted to the occupational therapist’s requirements and having regard to the age and condition of the property the council will pay the necessary fees incurred, up to £5,000, if the household then decides to move to a suitably adapted, or adaptable, property. 

These grants are not means tested and are not repayable.

Are you eligible? 

  • This grant is available to owner occupiers

Small works grant (discretionary)

The Small Works Grant (SWG) is for vulnerable people, who don’t live with non-vulnerable joint owners.

Vulnerable means:

  • people in receipt of Pension Credit, or
  • people who have been in receipt of Income Support for over a year and receive Child Benefit for 1 or more children aged 16 or under. Or,
  • people who are in receipt of Income Support and are disabled. Disabled means either:
    • receiving severe disablement allowance
    • receiving disability living allowance of any sort
    • registered disabled.

About the grant

The grant can only be used for works that will deliver significant health gains.

The exception to this is for adaptations (or repairs to old adaptations) to benefit disabled people.

These are eligible for SWG irrespective of any entitlement to benefits.

How much will you get

  • Grant(s) may total up to £7,000 in any three year period
  • These grants are not repayable.

Who can apply?

This service is for owner occupiers and private (including RSL) tenants 

Spend to save grant (discretionary) 

These grants are for the provision of associated works that are not covered by the small works grant but that are necessary in order to facilitate a disabled person to be able to continue to live at home rather than going into residential care.

About the grant

Applications for this grant are only accepted by referral from care or health professionals from either Brent Council or its NHS partners. Approval will be given only where a business case can be made to show that, in very special circumstances, an overall financial saving in relation to the combined care and health budgets of the council and it’s NHS partners across the following three year period can be achieved.

A charge would be placed against the property. The duration of the charge would be dependent upon the council’s calculated cost benefit payback. Should the property be sold on during this time the grant is repayable.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible, you or someone living in your property must be disabled.

Either you or the person you’re applying for must:

  • own the property or be a tenant
  • intend to live in the property during the grant period (which is currently 5 years).

You can also apply for a grant if you’re a landlord and have a disabled tenant.

The council needs to be happy that the work is:

  • necessary and appropriate to meet the disabled person’s needs
  • the most reasonable option and can be done – depending on the age and condition of the property. 

Who can apply?

This service is for owner occupiers.

Brent acute handy person service 

The handy person service is available to those with a responsibility for the upkeep of their living area, who are without regular help and support from family and friends and are unable to carry out the work themselves.

Applicants are not required to be in receipt of any benefits to qualify but must be referred by a care or health professional from Brent Council or its NHS partners.

Assistance is intended for vulnerable adults, who are elderly and prone to falls, have a disability, have a sensory impairment, or people with a long term health conditions which restrict their functioning on a day-to-day basis. 

Applicants must also be:

  • able to confirm that assistance is not available from a partner or family member
  • in agreement to a brief survey being carried out by the Handyperson to identify other risks and hazards in their home
  • in possession of the legal power or duty to carry out the works.

About the service

The service is free of charge in relation to both labour and materials but is restricted to a maximum of six visits per year, each of which would be limited to a maximum of 90 minutes work on site. This would not include any time taken to carry out a home safety check.

Receipt of NHS ongoing care provision would not disqualify applications while a customer remains living at home.

Typical services include:

  • Odd jobs (i.e. minor repairs, putting up grab rails), backed up by professional surveyors and tradesmen where appropriate
  • Falls and accident prevention checks and remedial action
  • Moving beds and furniture
  • Checks and improvements in relation to home safety, security and energy efficiency
  • Fire safety precautions such as installation of smoke alarms, electric blanket checks, chip pan/fat fryer exchange
  • Providing a targeted information and advice service which will engage on behalf of customers with other services and voluntary organisations

Services would not be offered (but may qualify for referral for a small works grant)
in relation to:

  • Housework, decorating or gardening (except emergency clearance of an overgrown means of private disabled access)
  • Personal care, such as washing, bathing or nail-clipping
  • Provision or repairs to appliances such as cookers, fridges
  • Provision of floorcoverings, curtains, wardrobes or furniture.

 

Who can apply?

This service is for owner occupiers and private (including RSL) tenants 

Brent hospital discharge assistance 

The hospital discharge assistance service is offered in special circumstances where a vulnerable person is unable to be discharged from hospital due to issues relating to housing disrepair or safety.

This is a prioritised route to a small works grant using the Brent Handyperson Service.

Applicants must be referred by a care or health professional from either Brent Council or its NHS partners. Referrals should state what is broadly necessary and appropriate to enable the patient to return home.

How much you will get

  • Grant(s) (including any other small works grants) may total up to £7,000 in any three year period
  • These grants are not repayable.

Are you eligible?

The service is only for vulnerable people, who don’t live with non-vulnerable joint owners. Vulnerable means:

  • people in receipt of Pension Credit, or
  • people who have been in receipt of Income Support for over a year and receive Child Benefit for one or more children aged 16 or under. Or,
  • people who are in receipt of Income Support and are disabled. Disabled means either:
    • receiving severe disablement allowance
    • receiving disability living allowance of any sort
    • registered disabled

Who can apply?

This service is for owner occupiers and private (including RSL) tenants