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Aids and adaptations

Whether you are a Council tenant or not, we may be able to make adaptations to your home to help you live independently. For example, we can help to improve access to and from your home and between rooms, make your home safe, or make it easier for you to care for others living there.

Adaptations are classed as major (up to £30,000), or small (up to £7,000).

For Council tenants there is also minor works funding (up to £1,000).

Please note: We do not provide portable or non-fixed equipment, blue badges or disabled bays, these are provided by Hertfordshire County Council, see Hertfordshire Adult Social Services
 

Major Works Toggle accordion

The grant or funding you might receive:

For major works, the maximum grant or funding is £30,000 towards the cost of the eligible works. Discretionary top up grants may be available for eligible works to non-council owned properties.

This grant/funding is means tested, so your income and savings are assessed by the Council to ensure financial aid goes to people most in need.

Examples of major adaptations:

  • a level-access shower 

  • ramps to front and back doors, and door widening

  • door intercom systems

  • for people with sight or hearing impairments: equipment to improve movement around the home 

  • for people with sensory or developmental impairments: adaptations to meet the eligible needs 

  • for disabled people to care for another person who lives in the property: adaptations to improve access and movement around the home

To qualify:

This is available for owner occupiers, private tenants, and social housing residents. Proposed adaptations will be assessed by an Adaptations Surveyor from the council to ensure they are:

  • The Council will look at your income and capital and that of your spouse or partner (if applicable) collectively called ‘the relevant person'

  • If your application is for a disabled child or young person, there is no means test

  • You will usually be referred to us by an Occupational Therapist who will have assessed your needs and made a referral to the Council on your behalf

  • Proposed adaptations will be assessed by a surveyor to ensure they are:

    • necessary and appropriate to meet your needs

    • reasonable and practical depending on the age and condition of the property

    • the eligible works are based on need, not what is desirable. This may mean that shared facilities are adapted to meet the needs of the disabled person

  • To be eligible for the grant or funding, the Council must approve the work on the property before work starts 

  • Private tenants must have their Landlord’s permission to carry out the work

  • You must intend to live in the property for:

    • at least five years for tenants (with the Landlord’s agreement)

    • at least 10 years for owner-occupiers 

Please note:  if a home cannot be adapted to meet your needs, the Council may be able to offer financial help towards moving to a more suitable home.

To apply: 

If you are a private tenant, home owner, social housing tenant or landlord you will usually need a referral from a Social Services Occupational Therapist.

Contact:

Adult's assessment: 0300 123 4042

Child or young person's assessment: 01727 891142

If the works are urgent, for example you are due to be discharged from hospital and adaptations must be in place before you can go home, please contact the Adaptations Team at St Albans City and District Council on 01727 866100 or email Urgent Adaptation Request.

Small adaptations grants or funding Toggle accordion

These are available for private, Council and social housing residents, including foster parents where the child is in their care for the foreseeable future, and residents living in mobile homes and houseboats.

The maximum amount of grant or funding you might receive is £7,000.

There is no income and savings assessment (it is not means tested).

Examples of small adaptations:

  • Adapting a bathroom

  • Most stairlifts

To qualify:

  • You must be registered as disabled, or otherwise vulnerable

  • Your home must be within the Council Tax Bands A to E

  • The grant or funding must be for disabled adaptations - for non-Council residents it can be either for adaptations, or repairs to fix a hazard such a defective boiler or dangerous electrics

  • You must intend to live in the property for five years from the completion of the works

To apply:

  • You will usually need a referral from a Social Services Occupational Therapist

Contact:

Adult's assessment: 0300 123 4042

Child or young person's assessment: 01727 891142

If the works are urgent, for example you are due to be discharged from hospital and adaptations must be in place before you can go home, please contact the Adaptations Team at St Albans City and District Council on 01727 866100 or email: Urgent Adaptation Request.

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Examples of minor works:

  • Grab rails

  • Stair rails

  • Concrete steps to front and back door

To qualify:

  • This funding is for Council residents only. Minor works funding is available for up to £1,000.

  • Non-Council residents should contact Social Services on the numbers below.

To apply:

  • You will usually need a referral from a Social Services Occupational Therapist

Contact:

Adult's assessment: 0300 123 4042

Child or young person's assessment: 01727 891142

If the works are urgent, for example you are due to be discharged from hospital and adaptations must be in place before you can go home, please contact the Adaptations Team at St Albans City and District Council on 01727 866100 or email Urgent Adaptation Request.

Finding or Moving from an Adapted Council or Housing Association Property Toggle accordion

I need adaptations for myself or a member of my household

If you, or a member of your household, is in need of adaptations the Adaptations Team will assist you in finding a suitable property. We will fund the cost of your removals and any necessary minor works.

If you are a Council or Housing Association tenant in need of adaptations and applying for rehousing, homelessness or a mutual exchange you should contact the Adaptations Team before moving or accepting a property. 

The Council will only carry out minor adaptations works to any property you accept. If you accept a tenancy and then require major adaptations for an existing medical condition, you may be required to relocate to more suitable accommodation, even if you get a referral from a medical professional.

If you accept a property without the assistance of the Adaptations Team you must ensure that it already has the adaptations you need.
 
My Property has adaptations which are no longer needed

If your Council or Housing Association property has adaptations which you are no longer in need of, there are a range of incentives available to move to an alternative property. 

The Adaptations Team will assist you in moving so that the property can be offered to a resident in need of adaptations. We will arrange and pay for the cost of your removals. In some cases we may also fund minor decoration and floor coverings.

Please note:
You will still be required to make an application for housing via St Albans Home Choice website. If your property has been adapted you might not be permitted to apply for a mutual exchange.

The teams who work on adaptations Toggle accordion

The Adaptations Team at St Albans City and District Council organise:

  • Major and small adaptations to private and Council properties

  • Minor adaptations to Council properties

  • Relocations (if a property cannot be adapted, including private and Council properties)

Adult Social Services at Hertfordshire County Council organise:

Contact details:

Telephone: 01727 819396
Email: dfgapplications@stalbans.gov.uk