This scheme enables local authorities to improve or extend privately owned houses as an alternative to providing local authority housing. Carrying out the work must satisfy your housing need and result in your removal from the housing waiting list.
It is aimed at:
If you qualify, the local authority will carry out works to adapt the house or to provide extra bedrooms. The local authority will pay the full cost of the works carried out and you will then pay a charge to the local authority for a maximum of 15 years. If during the 15-year period, you have paid an amount equal to the total cost of the works, the charge will stop.
The charge will be worked out in a similar way to the differential rent scheme for local authority rents, so it is based on your ability to pay.
You may qualify if you are:
The local authority will take into account the urgency of your housing needs and the cost-effectiveness of the proposal when deciding whether to improve your house or your relative's house.
You can sell the house at any time. However, if you do so during the 15-year period of charges or before your total payments equal the cost of the works, you will have to make a repayment to the local authority.
Contact your local authority to check whether this scheme operates in your area.
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.