The private rented sector provides homes 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.
You can download the Adapting the Private Rented Sector report and the Adaptions: Good Practice Guidance
Adaptations: Good Practice Guidance
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Adapting the Private Rented Sector
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1 The NRLA is calling for greater cooperation between landlords and local authorities to resolve the urgent need for more adapted private rented accommodation.
2 We are also calling for clearer communication from local authorities to landlords concerning the availability of the Disabled Facilities Grant. 14.8% of people with disabilities live in the private rented sector according to the ONS, yet only 8% of Disabled Facilities Grants go to private renters.
3 The NRLA have launched adaptations guidance for landlords. The first of its kind, the guidance was developed with the support of expert partners, and aims to support landlords in better managing tenant requests for home adaptations.
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. But 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.
Our vision is a private rented sector that works for all. 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 local landlords.
Ultimately, we hope to make it easier for people with impairments to access privately rented homes.
What we’re doing
The NRLA is working across the sector with a range of organisations with expertise in housing, access and adaptations.
With the support of these partners, we have launched guidance to help landlords to consider adaptations in their properties.
We have also launched our own report on the challenges in providing adapted homes in the private rented sector. We are lobbying government to increase engagement with landlords on adaptations and the Disabled Facilities Grant, with recommendations for practical action by local authorities.
In addition to the guidance, our report calls for:
- Pilot schemes with local authorities to develop ways of increasing the supply of adapted properties in the private rented sector
- Sharing case studies, to chart a landlord’s experience of delivering adapted properties.
We held a members webinar on 11th August on the benefits of adapting properties, how adaptations are funded and how to overcome challenges as a landlord. You can watch this on catch-up here.
Infographic: 6 tips for making a property dementia friendly
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.
In partnership with Alzheimer’s Society, we have developed six low cost changes that landlords could consider to support people living with dementia to live safe and well within their home for longer. We would also encourage landlords to become a dementia friend and improve their awareness of the issues that tenants living with dementia experience.
This can be done by visiting the Dementia Friends website and watching a short five minute video or by attending an in person or virtual information session run by one of their volunteer champions. .
The NRLA is working in partnership with five local authorities to develop ways of increasing the supply of adapted properties in the Private Rented Sector (PRS).Â We are also looking to raise awareness of the advantages of improving accessibility for both tenants and landlords.
Blog: With rising numbers of renters in later life, can you afford not to adapt your rentals?
Henry Smith, Senior Programme Manager for Homes at the Centre for Ageing Better on why landlords should consider the needs of older renters.
Share your story
We are seeking case studies of landlords’ experiences with adapting properties to support their tenants’ needs. Share your experiences with us below.
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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