2. Home Improvement Grants in France
- French Housing Improvement Agency
- Eligible Persons
- Eligible Properties
- Eligible Works
- Level of Grant
- Application Process
2.5. What are the Levels of Home Improvement Grants in France?
The level of the grant will vary according to the condition of the property, the type of works, and the circumstances of the applicant.
There are local variations in the rules, and although you may meet the basic eligibility criteria, a grant is not awarded as of right.
If the property is within a housing improvement area, (called Opération Programme d’Amélioration de l’Habitat (OPAH)), there is the prospect of additional assistance through the local or county council, although you may well find what you recieve with one hand is taken away with the other!
i. Owner Occupiers
Where the property is considered to be insanitary, and in need of major works, the grant is up to 50% of the cost of the works, to a maximum grant of €25,000.
Where the property is merely considered to be in need of improvement to bring up to acceptable standards, the grant is up to 50%, with a maximum grant of €10,000.
These figures are before VAT.
The level of support for adaptations for elderly or disabled persons is also up to 50%, depending on income.
Separately from the main grant regime, there is also separate assistance available of up to €3,000 for energy conservation works. The scheme is titled Habiter Mieux, or aide de solidarité écologique (ASE). It may be a condition of this grant that if forms part of a wider package of support from ANAH, but you would need to discuss with your local ANAH office.
It is also possible to make application for an interest free loan of up to €30,000 for energy conservation works. You can read more at Eco Prêt.
For landlords, grants are also available, and there is no test of resources.
However, the property must be let to tenants with a maximum income level, and at a controlled rent. The income thresholds and the rental levels do vary substantially, depending on the location of the property and the nature of the contract with the housing agency. The lower the rental level agreed, the higher the level of the grant.
After completion of the works the property must also reach a minimum level of energy rating.
The actual amount of the grant for a landlord will also depend on the condition of the property, for which a standard square metre rate applies. It is quite a confusing set of rules.
For major works on an insalubrious property the assistance is 35% up to a maximum expenditure of €80,000, with a cost ceiling of €1,000m/2.
For improvement works it is 35% up to €60,000, at a maximum cost of €750m/2.
Once again, the figures exclude VAT.
Separately from the main grant regime, landlords are also eligible for assistance with energy conservation works. The scheme is titled aide de solidarité écologique (ASE). It may be a condition of this grant that if forms part of a wider package of support from ANAH, but you would need to discuss with your local ANAH office.
Also a condition is that you enter an agreement with them concerning letting of the property.
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