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Disabled Facilities Grant

These grants are available to owners or tenants to provide disabled adaptations to enable an occupant to use essential basic facilities or access their home.  This is a statutory grant and the conditions of the grant are contained in the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996. The maximum grant is £30,000.  

Grants will be given based on a Means Test and some applicants are required to pay some or all of the costs of the works from there own resources.  Every appliant will always be told what there contribution will be before they make the decision on weather to have a grant.

Examples of common adaptations include:

  • Providing ramps to allow a person to get in and out of their house
  • Stair lifts and through floor lifts
  • Level access showers for people who cannot use a conventional shower or bath

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To be considered for a Disabled Facilities Grant, in the first instance you will need to contact Kent County Council OT Service so your needs can be assessed, contact the County Duty Service on 03000 41 61 61.

Disabled Relocation Grant

In appropriate cases where a property is unsuitable for adaptation with a Disabled Facilities Grant and it represents better value for money, a Disabled Relocation Grant will be offered up to a maximum of £20,000. This will pay for legal and moving costs and any agreed increase in the cost to purchase a more suitable property.

  • Repayable if property sold (or applicants die) within 10 Years
  • Applicant must be eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant
  • Will be subject to a means test
  • Grant to pay for 70% of costs

Empty Property Loan

Where a KCC no use empty loan has been approved to bring a long term empty property back into residential use, a further interest free loan of up to £15,000 is available from DCC to supplement the KCC loan.  

  • Only available to owners receiving a KCC no-use empty loan
  • Loans administered by KCC
  • Loans repayable after 3 years

Handyperson Service

We provide financial support to the East Kent Homes Improvement Agency to enable a Handyperson Service which provides help to vulnerable households. 

Private Sector Housing Policy 2021

Private Housing Policy 2021 - Under Review

Contact Private Sector Housing

Tel: 01304 872397
Email:  privatesectorhousing@dover.gov.uk