Is a landlord required to make changes for disabled tenant?

6 04 2010

This is a question we were forwarded from another area. I thought it was worth bringing to light straight away though because of the possible ramifications to both the landlord and the letting agent.

Q

We are advertising a property at the moment. A prospective tenant has enquired, she receives disability benefit and wanted to check whether that is ok. Our landlord has said that he is willing to accept the tenancy subject to all the normal references, but only provided that the house is not modified in any way (hand rails in the bathroom etc). Can he do this?

A

No. The landlord is in serious danger here of being in breach of the disability discrimination act, which is a criminal offence. He cannot refuse tenancy on the basis of the disability, he may only refuse tenancy for the same reasons that he might refuse it to any other applicant.

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