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Accessible Housing Survey

Posted in General News on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

The accessible housing specialist, Abode Impact, has recently surveyed 448 wheelchair users living in a mixture of council properties and privately rented accommodation in what they are referring to as the largest accessible housing survey ever to be conducted in the UK. The firm discovered that four fifths of the respondents are living in properties which don’t fully meet their accessibility needs and 62% said that they have experienced difficulty accessing the Private Rented Sector (PRS) because of a lack of accessible properties. In addition to this, it was revealed that half of the respondents would like to rent a home privately, but only 18% actually do. In response to this demand, Abode Impact will be starting up an accessible housing fund for London in 2019. The firm plans to use this fund to purchase affordable one and two bedroom accessible homes and put them on the rental market for those who need them. The firm is hopeful that this will benefit a large number of disabled people and they are asking anybody who is keen to rent an accessible home in London to register their interest by visiting http://abodeimpact.co.uk/register-your-interest/. Eleanor Bowden, Chief Executive of Abode Impact, commented: “Our research shows that there are a significant number of wheelchair users who would like to privately rent an accessible home, so we will use large-scale investment to purchase more of this type of housing. This is challenging the misconception in the property market that wheelchair users are reliant on state support and social housing. We are proud to publish this research, and to be making a difference for the many wheelchair users struggling to find a home to rent.”

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Del Kavanagh

Friday, December, 14th, 2018

I'm really pleased that you covered this issue as having more rental properties available allows the option of true mobility to many disabled people who through lack of choice, are in reality likely to remain in their current situation when they perhaps have a wish to move on to new pastures as I do. I'm hoping too that it will not only be about accessibility but also affordability as many disabled people are subject to the private landlords ban on DSS tenants, when most working and older disabled persons are in receipt of PIP and qualify for housing benefits so are automatically unwanted as private tenants. I submitted some feedback to Adobe Impact with the hope that they will expand their horizons beyond London at some point in the near future. I have eagerly registered my interest and just as eagerly await a response. Many thanks once again for covering this subject. Del

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Sheila Eyre

Friday, December, 14th, 2018

We are living in a Council bungalow but they were not built for wheelchair access but only the elderly ,,which we are.! I use a powered indoor/outdoor wheelchair and the Council with reccomendations from the Social services, are hoping to do some adaptions for my benefit' But, I find my doors are barely wide enough internally to get through them comfortably. I've unfortunatley banged into the surrounds a few times leaving marks on them. Not an easy task as my wheelchair is quite wide undernieth. I'm quite slim so my chair isn't for someone heavier than me. The wheelchair was provided by our local Social Services and I know how fortunate I am to have been provided with one.

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Enid Williams

Sunday, December, 16th, 2018

Due to decreasing mobility, i need a wheelchair suitable residence with a secure parking for the wheelchair i use to get to my car. Otherwise it is a WAV.!

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Enid Williams

Sunday, December, 16th, 2018

Sorry. Wrote a comment but old i pad did not behave. I need a much better home with secure wheelchair parking near car so i do not have to walk a distance. I know such places exist. And of course post part M of building regs.Dda information officer told me about that some time ago!