Common Parts

When enacted, Section 36 of the Equality Act 2010 will enable disabled people to make requests for adaptations to the common parts of residential properties (such as entranceways, hallways and stairwells) which cannot be unreasonably denied.

Very few DFGs are currently approved for adaptations to common parts which makes it difficult to predict the impact of Section 36. This means that a local strategic approach is likely to be more effective than relying on DFG applications.


  • Further work is needed on tenure issues, including the feasibility of a national adaptations protocol for registered providers.
  • More research is also needed on ways to engage with private sector landlords and deliver adaptations more effectively in the private rented stock.
  • Works to common parts should be dealt with by the local Housing and Health Partnership Board rather than in a one-off piecemeal manner using the DFG.
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