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1 Housing Loans and Grants - A Summary

2 PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSING GRANTS AND LOANS The Council has adopted a new policy for helping people to improve, repair and adapt their properties. This leaflet summarises the grants and loans which make up this policy. Please te More detailed information is available in a series of separate leaflets on the individual grants and loans. There are conditions which apply to each of these grants and loans. Most grants and loans are subject to the Council having sufficient money to offer the grants or loan. 1 2 The current types of grants and loans are: Home Renovation Assistance Repayable, means tested loans of up to 25,000 to help bring homes up to the fitness and decent homes standards. Empty Property Grant Grants of up to 15,000 to help private landlords to bring empty properties back into use as affordable rented accommodation for tenants nominated by the Council. The grants are repayable in certain circumstances. 1

3 Houses in Multiple Occupation Fire Safety Grant Grants of up to 7,500 to help landlords of registerable houses in multiple occupation to improve fire safety in their properties. The grants are repayable in certain circumstances. Home Improvement Assistance Repayable, means tested loans of up to 25,000 to help people to extend their properties to make them more suitable for the number of residents living there. Mandatory Disabled Facilities Grant n-repayable, means tested grants of up to 25,000 to help meet the costs of adaptations to a home to meet the needs of a disabled person. n-mandatory Disabled Facilities Assistance Repayable, means tested loans of up to 25,000 to: 1) help meet the costs of adaptations to a home of a disabled person where the type of works cannot be covered by a Mandatory Disabled Facilities Grant, or 2) top up a Mandatory Disabled Facilities Grant where the cost of the works is greater than the maximum allowed under that grant, or 3) help meet the cost of moving to a more suitable home if adaptation of the existing property is not considered appropriate. 2

4 7 8 Safe and Secure n-repayable grants of up to 100 to help older and vulnerable people overcome the fear of crime by making their homes more secure. Help at Hand n-repayable grants of up to 500 to help older people, vulnerable households and disabled people to install a Care Line personal security system. MORE INFORMATION Environmental Health & Housing, Borough Council of King s Lynn & West rfolk, King s Court, Chapel Street, King s Lynn, rfolk PE 30 1EX Tel: (01553) Fax: (01553) Minicom: (01553)

5 SPECIAL HELP If you are: 60 years of age or over, or disabled or live with a disabled person, or on a means-tested benefit, then West rfolk Care and Repair may be able to help you through the whole process of applying for a grant or loan and getting the work carried out. Contact: West rfolk Care and Repair, King s Court, Chapel Street, King s Lynn, rfolk PE30 1EX Tel: (01553) Minicom: (01553) Fax: (01553) If you are interest in any of the grants and loans you should: contact Environmental Health & Housing at the address on page 3, or complete and return the tear-off slip to request a more detailed leaflet. 4

6 SUMMARY OF LOANS AND GRANTS Name of Grant or Loan Loan or Grant Repayable Means Tested Mandatory* Max. Grant/Loan Home Renovation Assistance Loan Yes Yes 25,000 Mandatory Disabled Facilities Grant Grant Yes Yes 25,000 n-mandatory Disabled Facilities Assistance Loan Yes Yes - except where loan is a DFG top-up 25,000 Home Improvement Assistance Loan Yes Yes 25,000 Empty Property Grant Grant - Except if conditions not met 15,000 Safe And Secure Grant 100 Help at Hand Grant 500 Houses in Multiple Occupation Fire Satety Grant Grant - Except if conditions not met 7,500 te: Where a grant or loan is not mandatory then availability depends on the Council Having sufficient resources to offer the grant or loan.

7 Request For Leaflets Please send to Environmental Health & Housing, Borough Council of King s Lynn & West rfolk, King s Court, Chapel Street, King s Lynn, rfolk PE30 1EX I would like to receive the following leaflets (please tick appropriate boxes): Home Renovation Assistance Empty Property Grant Houses in Multiple Occupation Fire Safety Grant Home Improvement Assistance Disabled Facilities Grant n-mandatory Disabled Facilities Assistance Safe and Secure Help at Hand My name is: My address is: My telephone number is:

8 Do you need this leaflet translating or put into a different form, such as large print? If you do, please contact Envionmental Health & Housing and we will see if we can help Environmental Health & Housing, Borough Council of King s Lynn & West rfolk, King s Court, Chapel Street, King s Lynn, rfolk PE30 1EX Tel: (01553) Minicom: (01553) Fax: (01553)

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