Housing grantsThere are some grants available from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) for certain repair works.
The NIHE Repair Scheme Grant is organised by the NIHE and is paid to the owner or agent of a property. It is based on the net annual valuation (NAV) of your property and is not means tested.
|Net annual variation (NAV) of your property||Grant available|
|Less than £60||100% (90% if a regulated rent certificate has been issued)|
|Between £60 and £130||75%|
|Between £130 and £225||50%|
|More than £225||25%|
To qualify for these grants you should contact us and arrange an inspection before you start any work. You could be disqualified from accessing the grant if repair works have been carried out, or even started.
During the inspection if we're satisfied that a statutory nuisance exists we will serve you with a Statutory Nuisance Abatement Notice, telling you what works you need to carry out to put the problem right.
It's not the disrepair (bad condition) which creates a statutory (legal) nuisance but whether or not the disrepair is causing conditions that are bad for health, for example, damp or dry rot.
Certain works require a re-inspection before the works are closed up (damp proof membranes, damp proof course, replacing drains, floor joists). You should contact us to arrange the re-inspection of the property.
You should also contact Building Control if you suspect the works need building control approval.
The Statutory Nuisance Abatement Notice will entitle you to apply to the NIHE for a grant, If we do not issue a legal notice following our inspection you will not qualify for this NIHE grant.
If you are privately renting a property which is unfit for habitation, we may issue a Notice of Unfitness. This notice does not entitle you to a NIHE repair grant. If the property was constructed prior to 1945 we will notify the rent office and your tenants rent may be controlled.
If you are issued with a Notice of Disrepair, this does not entitle you to grant aid, unless the property is subject to a protected or statutory tenancy under the Rent Order (NI) 1978.