2. Eligibility

Eligibility for empty homes grant. 

To qualify you must meet the following criteria:

  • you must be a prospective or, owner occupiers and plan to live in the property as your main home for at least 5 years
  • the property must be unoccupied for a period of 6 months before you buy it and at the time of the grant application
  • the grant is for essential works to make the property safe and secure
  • the property is free from the most serious health and safety hazards (category 1 hazards)
  • you will have to make a 15% contribution to the total cost of grant eligible work up to a maximum of £3,000
  • there is discretion to waive the 15% contribution in exceptional circumstances such as financial hardship but you must be in receipt of an income related benefit
  • you will pay all costs above the maximum £20,000 grant
  • the minimum cost of grant eligible work is £1,000 (exclusive of VAT)
  • the minimum cost of grant eligible works may include ancillary fees
  • grant conditions will need to be registered with full legal charge on completion of the works for a 5 year period

Full repayment will be requested if the property is sold, or not occupied as intended during the 5 year grant condition period.