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Legislation to improve housing rights for people with disabilities

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New regulations will improve equality for people with disabilities by giving them the right to make communal areas around their home more accessible in UK.

People with disabilities will be given the right to remove barriers to access by creating ramps, widening paths and installing hand rails in common areas, with the support of a majority of neighbours.

Under current legislation, a person with a disability is unable to make minor accessibility changes to shared areas unless all owners give their consent.

The new regulations will also empower people with disabilities to challenge others from unreasonably withholding consent to make basic adaptations.

“A home with the right support in the right place enables people with disabilities to live safely and independently, offering a sense of security and improving physical and mental wellbeing.

“This new legislation will widen equality for people living with a disability in Scotland by giving them the right to improve accessibility in shared areas at their home and challenge others from unreasonably withholding consent.

“A first in the UK, this will help achieve a fairer Scotland where disabled people have more equality and the choice, dignity and freedom to access suitable housing and live independently.” said Housing Minister Kevin Stewart.

“Many Housing Options Scotland clients will be delighted by the introduction of this new legislation. The removal of the requirement to have the consent of all sharing owners will make a huge difference to the lives of disabled people.” said Moira Bayne of charity Housing Options Scotland.

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