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Making changes to a rented home (adaptations)

This advice applies to Scotland

Changes to make the home more suitable for a disabled tenant

When someone has a disability there may be additional duties on the landlord to agree to adaptations that make reasonable adjustments. This could include the installation of a stair lift or hoist or changes to a bathroom or toilet. More about the rights to make reasonable adjustments and the duty on the landlord.

A disabled tenant may also be able to get a housing grant to make the home more suitable. More about housing grants.

Care and Repair services

Private tenants who are over 60 or have a disability can get advice and assistance to help repair, improve or adapt their homes from Care and Repair services in their area. More information about services throughout Scotland can be found on the Care and Repair Scotland website

Tenants with disabilities

If you are public sector tenant with disabilities you may be able to have adaptations made to your home. You will first have to get the need for any adaptations assessed by the local authority department with responsibility for social work. Adaptations could include the installation of a stair lift or hoist or changes to a bathroom or toilet.

If you want to get an adaptation carried out you should consult an experienced adviser for example, at a Citizens Advice Bureau - where to get advice.

You may also be able to get a grant to make the home more suitable.

There is more information about Adaptations in private housing on the Shelter Scotland website.

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