The private rented sector provides housing to a wide range of tenants, disabled and older renters, and others with additional needs.
The number of UK households in the private rented sector headed by a person aged 65 years or older is set to double by 2046.
With the sector now the second largest housing tenure in the UK, it is increasingly important that more privately rented homes are suitable for tenants with access needs.
Why are we campaigning on this issue?
There is a growing demand for adapted properties. With an ageing population, and an increased share of total housing stock, private landlords need to be ready to cater for a wider range of needs than they traditionally have.
However, there is both a lack of proactive engagement from local government and a lack of awareness among landlords for how to access funding.
By considering accessibility and adaptations, landlords can widen the range of tenants who are able to make the private rented sector their home. This includes disabled and older renters, and others who may have additional needs, many of whom are seeking long term homes.
Our research has shown that there is a lack of consideration of landlords’ needs, concerns, and capacity in discussions about accessible and adapted homes.
Through this campaign, we aim to make it easier for landlords to adapt their properties if they wish to do so and encourage more collaborative working between local authorities and landlords.
The NRLA's Adaptations Campaign
Our vision is a private rented sector that works for all. That is why the NRLA is calling for:
1. Greater cooperation between landlords and local authorities to resolve the urgent need for more adapted private rented accommodation.
2. Clearer communication from local authorities to landlords concerning the availability of the Disabled Facilities Grant and other relevant forms of funding.
- We have been working across the sector with a range of organisations with expertise in housing, access, and adaptations.
- With the support of expert partners, we have launched adaptations guidance for landlords. The first of its kind, it aims to support landlords in better managing tenant requests for home adaptations.
- We have released our own report on the challenges in providing adapted homes in the private rented sector.
- We are lobbying the Government to increase engagement with landlords on adaptations and the Disabled Facilities Grant, with recommendations for practical action by Local Authorities.
Adaptations: Good Practice Guidance
Last updated: 19/03/2021 at 14:00 - 1.08 MB
Adapting the Private Rented Sector
Last updated: 23/03/2021 at 09:31 - 3.48 MB
We have been working with Alzheimer’s Society to help inform our members and other landlords of the role they can play in helping to make their properties more dementia friendly. This can be done by visiting the Dementia Friends website and watching a short five-minute video.
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Our guidance was produced in partnership with:
Abode Impact; AccessiblePRS; Age UK; Alzheimer’s Society; Branch Properties Accessibility Specialists; Centre for Ageing Better; Chartered Institute of Housing; Foundations; Golden Lane Housing; Habinteg; Nationwide Foundation; Royal College of Occupational Therapists – Specialist Section Housing