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Assistance does not need to be paid back. It is a forgivable loan, and a lien will be placed on the property which will expire at the end of the affordability period if all requirements are met.
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Repairs and/or modifications that are needed to make the housing safe, sanitary, or habitable are eligible for assistance. Community Development staff will inspect the unit to determine if requested repair is eligible.
When a repair is covered by an insurance policy and only a portion of the cost to repair is covered, the owner must sign over insurance claim payment(s) to the City of Denton before work may begin. Owner insurance funds will be deposited into an escrow account and will be expended first when contractor payments are approved. If owner has already spent insurance funds on repairs, owner must provide proof of payment and detailed documentation of work completed before a decision can be made if the repair is eligible for funding.
Additionally, unsafe and substandard structures that cannot be made safe for habitation with the maximum allowed or less will not be eligible for assistance. The owner will receive a letter notifying of the hazards and why assistance is being denied. Under such circumstances, Community Development Division will recommend a household seek safe housing as soon as possible.
Homes built before 1978 are subject to Lead-Based Paint rules and regulations.
Up to $24,500 per application may be available for approved, eligible repairs. Repair(s) costing more than $24,500 are not eligible.
Once the approved repairs are completed and the contractor(s) receives payment, no additional repairs can be requested or approved.
Applications can be completed online via Neighborly. Submit required documentation.
Staff will work with the rental property owner to finalize the list of repairs.
If the rental property owner, property, and repair(s) are eligible:
The City of Denton Rental Repair Program must follow specific guidelines required by the funding source to assure proper administration and management. If an applicant feels that their circumstances require special consideration, a request for waiver from the usual requirements may be submitted to Community Development. All waiver requests must be submitted in writing and should specify the program requirement(s) to be considered for waiver and state the applicant’s reason(s) or special circumstances why they believe a waiver should be approved. The Community Development Manager will review requests on a case-by-case basis.
The contractor’s work will be monitored by the applicant, City of Denton Community Development staff, and the City of Denton building code inspector. In the event a dispute exists between the applicant and the contractor with respect to the work, the City shall take appropriate action in accordance with the provisions of the construction contract to assure that the applicant is satisfied before making any payment to the contractor. In the event any dispute cannot be resolved, Community Development staff shall consider all pertinent facts and shall decide an appropriate course of action to resolve the dispute.
Credit is not considered when reviewing applications for the program.
Yes. The assistance is provided as a forgivable loan over five (5) years and a lien will be placed on the property.