Housing improvements and repairs
The council's Private Sector Housing Renewal Policy which came into effect on 1 April 2006 explains the types of assistance available for homeowners and tenants to repair and improve their homes. The full policy can be downloaded below, alternatively it can be viewed at the civic offices, local libraries and the Citizen's Advice Bureau.
Our policy on home improvements highlights the responsibility of owners to maintain their properties from their own resources. We will assist with home improvements by raising awareness of the importance of regular home maintenance and providing financial assistance where appropriate. However, we have a legal obligation to ensure that all homes in the borough meet a minimum standard and reserve the right to take legal enforcement action if an owner fails to improve their property when asked to do so.
For more information about what is classed as the 'minimum standard' please read our webpage on Decent Homes.
The provision of financial assistance may involve the award of a grant, or the offer of financial advice. The following grants are available subject to terms and conditions, contact the Housing Standards Team for further information.
Housing Standards team
Telephone: 01256 844844