G15 responds to reasonable adjustments to common parts consultation

The G15 has responded to the Department Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) consultation on improving disabled people's access to let residential premises: reasonable adjustments to common parts.

The proposals would require landlords to make reasonable adjustments to common parts of let properties (such as entrances, hallways and outside areas) when asked to by a disabled resident. The purpose of this consultation was to gather views on how the implementation of these proposals should be regulated, and what the accompanying guidance should cover to help both landlords and disabled residents.

The G15 welcomes any legislation that will require landlords to make reasonable adjustments to communal spaces outside a disabled resident’s home, and we are in favour of support for leaseholders who are unable to meet the costs themselves.

In our response, we outline that:

  • Many of our members already have policies in place to improve disabled residents’ access and comfort in their homes, without passing these costs on to residents.
  • The proposals would benefit from further clarity, particularly around existing lease obligations, project management fees and consulting with other residents.

You can read our full response here.