Foundations Monthly Webinar, 26 July 2022
Foundations have been working with a range of sector organisations to encourage adaptions in the private rented sector.
This includes the NRLA, the UK’s largest membership organisation for private residential landlords, Abode Impact; Accessible PRS; Age UK; Alzheimers Society; Branch Properties Accessibility Specialists; Centre for Ageing Better; Chartered Institute of Housing; Golden Lane Housing; Habinteg; Nationwide Foundation; and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists – Specialist Section in Housing
As the number of privately rented households headed by a person 65 years or older is set to double by 2046 according to the APPG for Housing and Care for Older People, we support the NRLA in launching guidance for landlords to address this ongoing issue. Taking this important step will also expand the number of adapted homes for UK disabled and older renters, helping create an inclusive Private Rented Sector which works for all.
NRLA research suggests 79 percent of landlords had no knowledge of the Disabled Facilities Grant. After finding out more, 68 percent of landlords were more willing to adapt their properties. The NRLA feels this is a chance for local government to take a lead on an increasingly important issue by taking practical action now, before the UK’s adaptation challenges become even more acute.
The guidance sets out how private landlords can consider requests for adaptations to make their properties more inclusive and accessible.
“We believe it is key to increase landlords’ awareness of the Disabled Facilities Grant to encourage adaptation across the housing sector. We support the NRLA’s call for greater co-operation between private rented sector landlords and local authorities to resolve the urgent need for more adapted private rented accommodation.”
Paul Smith, Director, Foundations
You can find the guidance at Adaptations: Good Practice Guidance