‘Give more rights’ to disabled tenants

    The Disability Discrimination Bill should be amended to stop
    landlords preventing disabled tenants from making their homes
    easier to live in, say campaigners.

    A 2002 government survey found 18,000 disabled people lived in
    unsuitable accommodation because landlords had refused improvements
    such as stairlifts.

    But the government claims disabled tenants already have the right
    to challenge landlords under the Landlord and Tenants Act
    1927.

    Disability minister Maria Eagle said once more people became aware
    of the act they would use it. But Scope campaign officer David May
    said the act was obscure, and there had been no cases under the law
    which, in any case, did not cover areas such as stairways.
    Campaigners want changes to be debated in the House of Lords this
    month.

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