South Kesteven householders can save thousands on urgent repairs with district council grant

Grantham householder Harry Jones benefited from an EHRA grant.
Grantham householder Harry Jones benefited from an EHRA grant.

The district council is helping people who own their own homes to pay for crucial repairs with a grant.

More owner occupiers in the private sector have saved thousands of pounds on crucial repairs to their property thanks to Essential Home Repair Assistance (EHRA) which can provide up to £5,000 worth of repairs to fix large repairs such as leaking roofs, rewiring and new bathroom or kitchen improvements.

Harry Jones, from Grantham, is among the latest residents in the district to have benefited from the scheme after he made an application to South Kesteven District Council when he saw a link to the scheme on Facebook.

He said: “I saw a local website’s facebook page with the link and just thought I would take a look. A few months on I’ve had extensive work done on my roof and chimney and the house has been rewired.

“All this work would have cost me thousands so I’m really pleased for this grant’s help. The process was straight forward once I had applied and I’d encourage everyone to take a look at the scheme to see if you’re eligible.” Grants are awarded subject to a survey undertaken by SKDC to assess if residents are eligible for support.

If the survey identifies a serious hazard, SKDC will contact the applicant regarding the assistance available, and if a householder agrees to the work, will then instruct contractors who have been through selection criteria to quote for the works required.

The assistance will not need to be repaid unless the property is sold within five years, in which case an amount will be due back to SKDC on a sliding scale.

Owners may be eligible if:

- You are an owner occupier who has owned and been resident in the property for at least three years

- You are in receipt of a qualifying benefit

- The property to be surveyed was built before 2000

- You have not received a Better Homes Grant or Essential Home Repair Assistance within the previous three years

- You agree to a local land charge. This will be registered to the property for a period of five years from completion of the grant funded work

The grant is subject to funding availability.

Qualifying benefits include income support, income related employment and support allowance, income based job seekers allowance, housing benefit, attendance allowance, disability living allowance, industrial injuries disablement benefit, war disablement pension, Guaranteed Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax

Credit or incapacity benefits.

To find out more or request an EHRA application form contact SKDC on 01476 40 60 80 ext 6286 or email ehs@southkesteven.gov.uk