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Area and theme-based assistance

 

Financial assistance is available for works which will enhance confidence and perception of specific neighbourhoods within the area.

As the needs of each area are identified, a range of renewal assistance may be available which may include the following:


  • All phases of this scheme are now complete. 
  • Themed schemes
    These are designed to tackle specific issues, such as accreditation assistance, prevention of crime, or particular housing defects affecting a number of homes within an area.
    Other specific schemes may have higher or lower maximum amounts. These will be set before the introduction of the scheme.

Current Schemes

A contribution from the owners towards the works is normally required.  The contribution will be specified for each scheme.

A financial test of resources may be available to owner occupiers to assess their ability to make a contribution.

Eligibility

Assistance will usually be available;

  • Within specific neighbourhoods that require support, in accordance with the Council’s plans, produced in conjunction with local people, for comprehensive improvement of the area. 
  • Depending on scheme criteria, may be to owner occupiers or to landlords who employ good management practices or to both.
  • The assistance will be based upon the type of works involved, the tenure of the property and financial resources available to the owner occupier.

Grant Conditions

  • Themed schemes
    These are designed to tackle specific issues, such as accreditation assistance, prevention of crime, or particular housing defects affecting a number of homes within an area. 

The grant condition period will vary for each scheme and will normally commence on the certified date (a date where the works are agreed as completed by the Council). Some schemes may require that if the If the property is disposed of during this period, then payment of the grant will be required to be paid back in accordance with a sliding scale of repayment.

Where the property is let to a tenant, the landlord must ensure that the property meets any local 'Accredited Standard' and that he becomes a member of any local Landlord Accreditation Scheme.

 

Contact us

Home Improvement Team
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street
Gateshead
NE8 1HH
Tel: 0191 433 3000
E-mail: privatesectorhousingcivic@gateshead.gov.uk