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    Tenant with disabilities?

    Looking for some advise hopefully. We have rented properties out before, however I now have a elderly couple that have applied to rent my property.
    One of the couple has a disability ie wheelchair user. My question is the property in my opinion is not suitable ie they would not be able to get in the bath, could not get up the step to get into property without assistance. They have asked to rent the property but where do I stand legally if they then move in and cannot use the facilities. Would I be liable or have to accomadate there needs.
    As I would think there would have to be a couple of major jobs and say four or five minor jobs.
    Any advise greatly welcome.

    Sounds like whether you pay for it or not, your property would need altering to accomodate them. If you don't want that happening, best think of some other reason not to let to them, or you might find yourself facing a discrimination lawsuit.
    To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.


      One of my tenants became disabled. Social Services wrote to me asking if I would agree to aids being installed by them including a stair lift. There was no cost to me for installation but I asked them if they would remove them when they were no longer needed but they refused. In the event the lady's son who lived with her removed them.


        One of my tenants has a disabled son. They rent a bungalow off me. The son is now getting bigger and heavier and the bungalow is become increasingly unsuitable as the Social Services say they cannot attach hoists to the ceilings and movable hoists need more space in the bathroom than there is. Also, SS are reluctant to make changes to the bungalow becasue it's a private let. The family are looking for an adapted property but as builders of new developments aren't required to include them in their developments they are few and far between. I think in OPs case he could claim that he is not in a position to be able to determine whether the prospective T is able to get in and out of the bath etc. - that's up to the tenant.


          You have a duty to make reasonable adjustments under the equality act 2010 but you don't have to remove or alter a physical feature.

          This page has some general information on this:

          For what is a reasonable adjustment, see halfway done the page it says:
          "... consider:
          • if a particular adjustment would prevent the disadvantage for you - the more likely it is to do that, the more likely it is to be reasonable
          • how long you’re likely to be in the property compared to the cost and disruption of the adjustment
          • how much it will cost - a local authority might be able to spend more than a private landlord with only one property
          • how difficult it will be for the landlord, property manager or controller to make the adjustment
          • how difficult it will be to undo the adjustment when you leave the home"


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