Home improvement loans
Help with housing repair bills through subsidised low-cost loans
The Home Improvement Loan is a unique, low cost, home improvement service and lending scheme offered by the Council in partnership with Parity Trust.
It is specifically designed for home owners who require financial assistance in order to carry out essential repairs, maintenance works or adaptations to their properties.
The Home Improvement Loan can be used for a wide variety of works including:
- Double glazing
- Roof repairs
- Bathroom adaptations
- Boiler replacements
- Radiator and/or heating repairs
In some cases they can provide top-ups to Disabled Facilities Grants and loans for renewable technologies (eco-loans).
- Fixed interest rate for the entire term of the loan
- Flexible repayment options
- Make additional payments
- No penalties to settle your loan early
- Low arrangement fee
- Support with contractors
- Property inspection
- Full financial review in your home
- Tailored loan package
How does it work?
In most cases we would arrange for one of our staff to come out and assess the works to make sure they are eligible under our housing policy.
We use the specialist financial services of the Parity Trust (a not-for-profit organisation) to deliver our range of loan products. One of their qualified loans advisors will contact you to arrange a home visit and carry out a financial review. If a loan is deemed to be suitable, you will be sent a loan illustration and a copy of your financial report.
Getting a quote for works
If you decide to proceed we would normally ask you to forward a minimum of two quotes for the proposed works. We can also provide help if you need guidance on how to obtain quotes from reputable contractors.
Securing the loan
Once we have approved the quotes, Parity Trust will send you the loan agreements. They will arrange for the loan to be secured against your property before any building works can start.
Once the works have been completed we will carry out a final inspection before any funds are released.
For more information on loan products available, interest rates and to apply, please visit the Parity Trust.