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Improvements, insulation and repairs

If you rent your property

If you're a tenant and your property requires improving or repairing you should first contact your landlord as they've a duty to ensure your property is kept in good condition.

If you're renting from Rochdale Boroughwide Housing report the repair to them:

Report a repair to Rochdale Boroughwide Housing

You can also call Rochdale Boroughwide Housing to report a repair on 0800 027 7769 or 01706 274100.

What if my landlord doesn't respond?

If your landlord doesn't respond, it may be possible for us to help: Get help with housing problems.

If you own your property

Home repair assistance: If your property requires updating or repairing you may be eligible for home repair assistance of up to £5,000. This is to eliminate danger including electrical, gas and structural safety, replacement or repair of windows and doors where their condition is allowing water to penetrate into the property.

To qualify you must: 

  • Be an owner occupier aged 60 or over; and
  • Have lived in the property for 3 years or more; and
  • Be receiving means-tested benefits.

If you're successful in receiving assistance we'll place a charge on the property and when it's sold the whole amount will be paid back to the council. 

Please note we can't deal with all the demands of poor housing conditions and individual needs. We have to carefully target resources to ensure we meet the most pressing needs and priorities.

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Property insulation, central heating and boiler repairs or replacement

Insulating your home and using other energy-saving techniques are the best way of reducing your energy bills. Funding may be available to help fund insulation work to your home and possibly free or subsidised boiler replacement, which could save you hundreds of pounds a year on your energy bills.

How much could you save on your energy bills?

You could save up to:

£140 per year withcavity wall insulation. Based on insulating a gas-heated, semi-detached home with three bedrooms.

£180 per yearwith extra loft insulation. Based on insulating a gas-heated, semi-detached home with three bedrooms, showing savings when you insulate an uninsulated loft, and when you top up 100mm of insulation to 270mm.

£310 per year by replacing your boiler. Based on installing a new A-rated condensing boiler and full set of heating controls in a gas-heated, semi-detached gas heated home with three bedrooms, where the old boiler was G-rated.

There are 3 ways your household can qualify

  1. If you are a low income household on certain means-tested benefits and credits, and either are a private home owner or private tenant, living in poorly insulated properties and/or do not have a working central heating system.
  2. If your home is in key designated postcode areas you may qualify for free cavity wall insulation and loft insulation.
  3. There is currently funding in place for those living in uninsulated solid wall or hard to treat properties within certain areas of the borough. If you are not sure whether this applies to your home, email improvements.repairs@rochdale.gov.uk or call 01706 926622 / 924016.
For more advice on how to save money on your energy bills, go to the Energy Saving Trust