Thinking of having a stairlift fitted? Then perhaps you’re wondering if you qualify for a grant?
The cost of a stairlift can be met in two ways:
1. You can pay for the stairlift yourself
Paying for your own stairlift has the following advantages:
- The stairlift will match your personal situation and your preferences, and your style of house.
- The stairlift can usually be fitted quickly because you won’t have to wait on official bodies.
- You will own the stairlift.
2. A grant from the Flemish government
Under the rules of the “conversion allowance” you can apply to the Flemish government for reimbursement of the cost of a stairlift. But consider the following:
- The applicant must be at least 65 years old, except in cases where someone under 65 applies on behalf of someone living with them.
- The combined taxable income of the elderly person, with or without a partner, may not exceed €29,600, plus €1,540 for each occupant of the property. For 2016 applicants, income from three years previously will be taken into consideration, in other words, the applicant’s income from 2013.
The allowance is calculated based on the work done. You must be able to submit invoices for at least €1.200 (incl. VAT), and such invoices may not be more than one year old.
Want to know more about the “conversion allowance” and stairlifts? Read about it here