Help to improve your private housing

Private housing grants and loans

There are several different types of help available.

Empty Property scheme

Owners of empty properties can apply for financial help of up to £6,000 towards major repair works that would make a property fit to live in. These can include electrical installations, heating repairs, and replacing windows and doors.

The payment – which is made up of a 50% grant and 50% interest-free loan – is given on condition that the council's Homelessness Team can nominate tenants to the property for 5 years. After this period, the property owner can use the refurbished property as they wish.

The total amount will be placed as a local land charge on the property for 5 years from the completion of the works. After 5 years, only the 50% loan part – up to £3,000 – will remain on the property until it is repaid by the applicant or paid out of the proceeds of a sale. If the property is sold within 5 years, or if the owner fails to comply with the condition of the offer, the grant and loan will both be repayable.

To be eligible, the property must be located in Thurrock and have been empty for at least 3 months.

To apply for the initiative, email our Private Housing service.

Private Housing service
Thurrock Council, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL

: private.housing@thurrock.gov.uk

Help with energy efficiency

You should ask your energy provider about energy efficiency measures such as improved boilers, loft insulation and cavity wall insulation. You can ask other energy providers if your own doesn't offer assistance.

Help is available via the government Green Deal initiative.

The Green Deal lets the occupier pay for some or all of the improvements over time through their electricity bill. Repayments should be no more than what a typical household should save in energy costs.

Contact the Energy Advice Service:

Energy Advice Service

: 0300 123 1234

Well Homes

Limited financial assistance towards repairs is available under our Well Homes scheme.