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Home adaptation amendments fail

An amendment to outlaw landlords from unreasonably refusing to
consent to disabled people adapting rented homes was withdrawn last
week after failing to get enough support.

The Department for Work and Pensions minister Baroness Hollis said
existing legislation already provided tenants with this right in
“explicit terms”.

But the Disability Rights Commission said extra protection was
needed as no cases had been brought under these other laws. The DRC
claims there are 18,000 disabled tenants who have been unable to
win permission to make alterations.

An amendment that would have prevented landlords from refusing
consent unreasonably to alterations being made to communal areas
was also withdrawn.

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