There are a number of eligibility criteria, which include:

  • you must be an owner occupier
  • you must be in receipt of a qualifying benefit, for example:

- Income Support
- Working Tax Credit (income less than £16,190)
- Child Tax Credit (income less than £16,190)
Housing Benefit
- Income based Jobseekers' Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
Attendance Allowance
Disability Living Allowance
- War Disablement Pension
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
Pension Credit
- Incapacity Benefit

  • the property to be surveyed was built before 2000
  • the property should not have had a Better Homes grant or Essential Home Repair Assistance (EHRA) in the previous three years
  • the owner must have owned and occupied the property for at least three years
  • the owner must 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