As part of an application the owner / tenant signs a declaration confirming that it is their intention that the property to be adapted will be the only or main residence of the disabled occupant throughout a 5 year grant condition period (or shorter period depending on health and other relevant circumstances).
Anyone knowingly signing a false declaration may be prosecuted if we find evidence of an intention to obtain a grant by deception. Where fraud is identified the award of the grant may be cancelled and we may seek to recover from the applicant any monies already paid or incurred.
In addition to this general grant condition a further grant condition relating to repayment applies in the case of owner applications where the grant exceeds £5,000.
In such cases a Local Land Charge is registered against the property for a period of 10 years from the certified date of completion and if the property is disposed of (whether by sale, transfer, assignment or otherwise) during this period then we may recover the amount of grant that exceeds £5000 up to a maximum of £10,000.
We will consider individual circumstances in determining whether grant monies are to be repaid using the criteria referred to in the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996: Disabled Facilities Grant (Conditions relating to approval or payment of Grant) General Consent 2008 (link opens in new window).
Please also refer to our Housing Assistance Policy (PDF 188.2KB) .