In this section residents can find out information relating to their homes.
Dealing with damp and mould in your property
Condensation happens when water from inside the house settles on some colder surfaces. This can happen at any time of the year. The Private Sector Housing team at Hart District Council often receive calls from residents that are experiencing problems with Damp and Mould in their home.
There are many common causes of condensation in homes. Washing, cooking, bathing and even drying clothes can cause condensation. If our officers are asked to visit these homes, in the vast majority of cases the problems are identified as a condensation issue, as a result of everyday actions of the occupiers, rather than major structural problems requiring repairs.
We have produced a leaflet which you can download: is your home damp? with lots of simple ways to minimise condensation in the home, which in the majority of cases will resolve your problems. If you put this guidance into practice and problems still persist, please contact the Private Sector Housing team on 01252 774420 who will be pleased to advise you further.
Below lists some different schemes supported by Hart District Council to make improvements to your home.
Disabled facilities grants
Disabled Facilities Grants are available to help disabled people who need special adaptations to their homes e.g. flush floor shower rooms; ground floor bedrooms; stair-lifts, kitchen adaptations and ramping. These grants are means tested and are available to owner-occupiers and tenants including tenants of social landlords. The council will require a referral from an Occupational Therapist from Social Services before a grant application can be processed.
Contact Social Services Direct on 0300 5551378 and OTDirect@hants.gov.uk
Minor Works Grants
Minor Works Grants are available for up to £1000 for minor repairs and improvements. These grants are available to owner-occupiers in receipt of certain means-tested benefits. For further information contact the Private Sector Housing Team on 01252 774420.
Home Improvement Loan Scheme
The Home Improvement Loan Scheme is a low cost, home improvement service and lending scheme designed for home owners whose properties need repairs or maintenance and don’t have access to funds, or savings available to carry out the work The loan (at 5.63%) can be used for works such as repairing a leaking roof; broken boiler; replacement windows/doors or electrical works. For further information, contact the Private Sector Housing Team on 01252 774420 or Parity Trust on 02392 375921 or for more details look on the website.
Home Improvement Agency
The Home Improvement Agency offers specialist help and advice on home improvements, repairs and adaptations to older, vulnerable and disabled people. They can also help with forms, paperwork and support and tell you about other services in your area. For further information contact 0845 055 6277 or see the website.
Hart is in partnership with Family Mosaic to bring you HomeFixed. HomeFixed can help with small repairs and jobs around your home. For more information, please call 02380 659879.