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Government proposes mandated disabled access for rented accommodation

Minister Kemi Badenoch has begun consultation over controversial proposals to force landlords and agents over disabled rules.

Nigel Lewis

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The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) is hoping to make it mandatory for letting agents and landlords to respond to requests from disabled tenants to make communal spaces outside their homes more accessible.

Kim Badenoch, DHLUC minister

A consultation on the proposals has been launched by DHLUC equalities minister Kemi Badenoch, who says the Government wants to enact legislation originally passed in 2010 within the Equality Act.

This will require landlords in all housing sectors who operate blocks of flats or other properties with communal areas to make reasonable adjustments to the common parts of let residential premises.

“Our intention is to enable a disabled person to require a landlord to make reasonable physical changes to communal spaces outside the disabled person’s home – including outside areas, entrances, hallways, landings and stairwells – so they can more easily use them,” says Badenoch.

Disabled access

This duty will apply where a disabled person has identified the need for an adjustment and has made a request to the landlord.

“There have been challenges to reaching the point where these provisions can be implemented in England and Wales, as the government has needed to take account of burdens, costs and other priorities, but I am delighted that we have now reached a point where implementation of the provisions can soon proceed,” says Badenoch.

Views on these likely burdens and costs are being sought from landlords from all housing sectors, managing and letting agents, local authorities and experts.

They are being asked to answer 18 questions on communal area accessibility and the consultation will run for the next ten weeks.

Read the consultation in full.

June 15, 2022

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