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Property improvement schemes, grants, loans and general advice


Find out what schemes, grants, loans and advice are available to make improvements to private housing in the county.

Decent housing

Home Improvement Loan Scheme - financial assistance to help homeowners make improvements to their properties to meet the national Decent Homes Standard.

Energy efficient housing

Warmer, energy efficient and environmentally friendly housing - keep your home warmer and save money on, or get help with, your gas and electricity bills. Be kinder to the environment by reducing the amount of energy your household uses. Improve the value of your property.

Accessible housing

Disabled Facilities Grant  - financial assistance to help the elderly or disabled live independently in their own homes.

Support to plan and organise building work

Home Improvement Agencies - practical assistance to help householders get grants and oversee improvement and adaptation works to their properties.

Improving living conditions in County Durham

Find out about what we're doing to improve housing in the private rented sector including regeneration and repair schemes, affordable housing and selective licensing areas.