Assistance to owner-occupiers and tenants. Grants and loans are available for a variety of works to adapt, repair or improve your home to make it safe, warm and secure.
Renovation/Home improvement grants
These grants must be repaid if the property the grant is used for is sold within 25 years. The maximum grant is £12,000 and applicants have to satisfy a means test.
Eligible works must deal with serious hazards or to make homes decent, such as:
- Essential repairs and improvements
- Replacement of essential facilities, such as boilers
- Works to make the dwelling decent, under the Government's Decent Homes standard
All applicants must have lived in the dwelling as their only or main residence throughout a qualifying period of at least twelve months. The property must also be either; in council tax band E or below. Enquiries falling outside these policies will be considered on an individual basis.
Heating insulation and renewable technology
A variety of schemes are available for grant assistance to improve the heating in your home and provide additional insulation. These works are designed to make homes more energy efficient, protecting the environment and reducing fuel bills. For more information see our heating insulation and renewable technology page.
Home Improvement Loan Scheme
Applicants for grants who do not meet our criteria, may be eligible for a loan arranged by Parity Trust, a not-for-profit organisation working in partnership with Guildford Borough Council. A variety of loans are available, up to £25,000.
Disabled facilities grants
If you or someone living in your home is disabled, you may qualify for a disabled facilities grant. The grant is toward the cost of providing adaptations and facilities for the disabled person. For further details see our page on adapted housing.
Renewable technology loans
We actively encourage the use of renewable energy sources to reduce carbon emissions. In order to develop this initiative and encourage further take-up of renewable technology, interest free loans are available to assist with the cost of installation.
Grants may be offered to bring empty homes back into use. A small grant of up to £2500 is available, to prepare properties for sale or for re-occupation. Larger grants of up to £20,000 or 50% of the cost of the works, (whichever is the lower) are available for works to bring long-term empty properties back into use. We will impose conditions on a case by case basis usually involving rent levels to be set at 80% of market rent. We might also lever in funding from third parties where possible.
Why offer assistance?
We recognise that poor quality housing can have an impact on the health of the occupants and quality of life in an area.
The main responsibility for maintenance of a property lies with the homeowner, though some do not have the resources to keep their homes in good repair. This applies particularly to the elderly and most vulnerable, who can be helped through the grant process by our Care and Repair team.
Further details on all the types of assistance are contained in our full