Financial assistance for home repairs and adaptations

If you are over 60 or disabled, our Care and Repair service can provide you with information about funding for home repairs and adaptations. This includes charities, loans, grants and using your own money. Care & Repair can help you from identifying possible funding options, through to organising the building works for you.

Home adaptations for people with disabilities

The Orbitas Handyperson Service is a good source of help for small adaptations such as grab rails, handrails and key safes.

For help with larger adaptations such as stair lifts, walk-in showers and ramps, Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) are available. To find out more about these grants, please visit the Disabled Facilities Grants page.

We also offer Disability Relocation Assistance for people needing to move home because their home can't be adapted.

For people who can't afford their means-tested contribution towards a Disabled Facilities Grant, or the cost of the works exceeds the maximum grant, we offer Additional Disabled Facilities Assistance.

Help with heating and hot water

Help may be available for home owners for boiler repairs, central heating and hot water. There are a number of external grant schemes now available for people on low incomes and/or with certain health problems. Please contact the Save Energy Advice Line on 0800 043 0151  or Care and Repair for more information.

Home repairs

The Private Sector Housing Financial Assistance Policy for home repairs (PDF, 1.07MB). sets out how we will support our four main priorities: improving health for vulnerable people; reducing fuel poverty; enabling people with disabilities to live independently, and bringing empty homes back into use.

Please note that we currently have very high demand for help with home repairs, and are operating a waiting list. We are trying to secure more funding to be able to provide help, but this is not guaranteed.

The main type of financial assistance we offer for owner occupiers of all ages is Safe and Warm Assistance, which is a loan of up to £10,000 for essential home repairs. 

An Empty Homes Assistance loan of up to £10,000 is available for owners to carry out repairs to empty homes so that they can be brought back into use.

A Landlord Accreditation Assistance grant of up to £1,500 is available for accredited landlords to repair or improve their properties.