We have several schemes to help you stay in your home if you need to make adaptations. You must receive a confirmation letter from the Private Sector Housing team of any grants before you start work. We cannot pay for work that has already been started or finished.
Disabled Facilities Grants are available to help you pay for work to make changes in your home, so you can carry on living independently for as long as possible.
The first step is for the needs of you or your child to be assessed by an Occupational Therapist. To get an assessment from an Occupational Therapist, you will need to fill in our online referral form. After filling in the first page, select ‘Moving around my/their home’. You can also contact our Access Team on 020 8379 1001.
After an Occupational Therapist has assessed your needs, our Private Sector Housing team will get in touch and arrange to carry out a property survey. If the work to your home qualifies for a grant, our Grant Officer or Surveyor will help you fill in a grant application form.
We will write and tell you within six months of your application if you have been awarded a grant. You are eligible if you are:
If you have been given a grant you will need to stay in your home for at least five years after it has been adapted.
You can get up to the maximum of £30,000. We will pay you according to your income and assets and the cost of the work we suggest could be done. You may need to pay part of the costs of adapting your home, and if this is the case we will tell you how much you need to pay.
We will also assess the income and savings of you and your spouse or partner. This will include all income from earnings, savings, pensions, benefits, stocks, shares and any other property owned. If you are applying for a disabled child under the age of 19, your income and assets will not be tested.
The types of work that can be paid for with a Disabled Facilities Grant include:
This grant is means tested and all of your income (e.g. salary, pension, benefits, shares and savings) will be considered. You must provide evidence that you have been refused a high street loan.
We provide a Decent Homes Grants to carry out substantial repair to your property. Your property would need to fail the Housing Act Housing Health and Safety Rating System or the Decent Homes Standard. It should be:
You can apply for a Decent Homes Grant if you are:
The grant is repayable on the sale or transfer of the property and no interest is currently charged. You will have 12 months from the time this grant has been approved to complete the work.
This grant is means tested and all of your income (e.g. salary, pension, benefits, shares and savings) will be considered. We will also assess the income and savings of your spouse or partner. You must provide evidence that you have been refused a high street loan.
We use this grant to help fund minor repairs which may affect the health and welfare of occupants. The maximum amount available is £3,000 and is repayable on sale of the property. You must also be the owner or occupier of the property for at least three years and on a low income to apply.
You can apply for a Small Works Assistance Grant if you are:
To apply you will need to include:
Contact us on 020 8379 1000 for an application form. Send your completed application to:
Private Sector Housing
We will visit your home to carry out a survey within six weeks of receiving your application and let you know the outcome within three months. When you receive your approval letter, it will give details of the chosen builder contractor from the two estimates you provided, and the amount of grant agreed. You can then arrange a start date with the contractor.
You will have six months from the time a Small Works Assistance Grant has been approved to complete work.
For more information, download our leaflet (PDF , 150KB).
Enfield Care and Repair Agency is a not-for-profit service for low income and vulnerable homeowners, and private rented tenants who are older, or have occupants with disabilities. We aim to help qualifying households live independently in their homes for as long as possible and improve their quality of life.
We will help you organise adaptations and repairs to your home, and supervise building work until it is complete. We can help you if you are:
Our first visit to assess your needs is free, but we will charge for any work we organise or supervise at your home. Our fee is currently ten per cent of the total cost of the works to be carried out. If the work is paid for by a council grant the fees will be paid by the grant too.
Contact our Care and Repair team on 020 8379 1000 Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 5pm.
If your home is too big or unsuitable for adaptation, you may consider buying a home that suits your needs better. For more information on other housing options or buying options, visit First Stop Advice.
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