Replacement Grants assist people who live in rural areas when their homes are unfit to live in and cannot be repaired.
The grant is only available in exceptional circumstances.
We are not accepting new applications for the Replacement Grant at this time. The information below will only apply to those who have met the exceptional circumstances.
Who can apply?
- Landlords in selected areas
You must be 18 or over to qualify.
What type of property is eligible?
- The property can be currently occupied by the owner or a member of their family, or be vacant.
- If it is occupied, the owner or a family member must be living in the house for at least 12 months.
- If it is vacant, the applicant must be in an urgent need of housing. This is assessed under the Housing Selection Scheme and the applicant must have strong social or economic ties to the area.
- The property must be in a state of disrepair and not suitable for renovation, or that it would not be cost effective.
Can I get a grant for a second home?
No. The Replacement Grants are only available for the property you live in, or intend to live in, as your only or main residence.
Must I replace the existing house?
Yes, but there may be cases when we decide relocation to a nearby part of the same land holding is preferable and would be most cost effective.
Can the original house be retained?
The original property must be demolished before the final payment of the grant, but an exception will be made on a recommendation from the local council planning service.
How much can I get?
The amount of grant paid will depend on the cost of the work and your financial circumstances. If you are on a low income you could qualify for grant aid up to £31,500. You may have to make a contribution toward the cost of the work. We will calculate this for you.
For more information contact your local Grants Office.
Can I do other work?
Yes, but the costs for this will have to be paid by you and will not be grant aided by us.
Can I get help to process my application?
If you have any questions your local grants office will be happy to help you at any point of the process. If you are elderly or have special needs, with your agreement we will make arrangements with agencies to help you.
How long does it take?
We are limited by demand and the money we have available. You can speed up the process by submitting your documents on time.
What are the conditions of the grant?
When you apply for the grant you must:
- occupy the house as your only or main residence for 5 years; or
- if you are a landlord, make the house available for letting for 5 years.
If you break this agreement you may have to repay the grant with interest.
How is the grant paid?
You will be paid when all the work has been completed and all accounts, receipts and certificates have been sent to us. You may receive payments while work is still ongoing if the Grants Manager agrees.
It is important to note that work must not commence until you have received approval to do so from the Housing Executive.