The landlords’ trade body wants more co-operation between the private rental sector and local councils as tenants’ needs change thanks to their age and abilities.
The National Residential Landlords Association says research by the Social Market Foundation suggests the number of private rented sector households headed by a person 65 years or older is set to double by 2046.
So the association says now is the time for local authorities and landlords to work together to address this issue.
A statement from the NRLA says that key to addressing the challenges of older and disabled tenants is clearer communication from local authorities to landlords concerning the availability of the Disabled Facilities Grant.
NRLA research suggests 79 per cent of landlords have no knowledge of the grants. After finding out more, 68 per cent of landlords are more willing to adapt their properties.
The NRLA feels this is a chance for local government to take a lead on an increasingly important issue by taking practical action now, before the UK’s adaptation challenges become even more acute.
Meera Chindooroy, the association’s deputy director, says: “Many tenants report they are unable to access adapted properties in the private rented sector, but at the same time, our research suggests that there has been a lack of engagement with landlords on this issue.
“The acute problems facing those with accessibility needs requires urgent attention, and it is imperative that steps are taken now to ensure that a challenge doesn’t become a crisis for the sector.
“With data from a range of sources showing the extent to which the housing market needs to respond to the UK’s ageing population, now is the time for local authorities to work with private landlords to encourage the provision of more adapted rented properties.”
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