Watford Borough Council is keen to seek your views in reviewing its policy on the help and assistance we give to residents to improve their housing condition or adapt their homes.

The review recognises the impact that poor housing conditions have on the health and well-being of residents and vulnerable households.  The policy will set out how poor housing should be tackled through the targeting and best use of our limited available resources.
The current policy areas for housing assistance are:
  • Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) – a mandatory nationally available grant that is means tested.  The council offers this in conjunction with smoke detector grants
  • Decent Homes Assistance (DHA) – developed by the council to offer small grants and loans to vulnerable home owners and tenants that have repairing obligations as part of their agreement
  • Relocation Grant – Provides assistance for vulnerable residents to help with the cost of moving, where it is more cost effective to relocate rather than to adapt or repair the property
  • Empty Homes Assistance – no longer offered under the policy
  • Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Grants for sprinklers
  • General advice and assistance offered
  • Enforcement and incentive work to provide set standards that landlords must provide for tenants under various housing related legislation
  • Handy person small works grant
In addition the council completes various projects such as home insulation (for example of Boundary Way external wall insulation) and more recently a street improvement project.
This survey is your opportunity to tell us what you think and to influence the future direction and policy for Watford. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. 

Thank you for your support.


Watford Borough Council Environmental Health & Licensing Team

If you have any questions on this survey, please contact (01923) 278149