Improving housing rights for disabled people

The Scottish Government has drawn up new regulations that will improve disabled people’s rights to remove physical barriers to their homes without having to gain the consent of all the other sharing owners.

The Relevant Adjustments to Common Parts Regulations were laid before Parliament in December and, subject to parliamentary scrutiny, are due to come into force on 24 February 2020.

The new regulations will improve equality for people living with disabilities by giving them the right to make communal areas around their home more accessible by creating ramps, widening paths and installing hand rails in common areas, with the support of a majority of neighbours.

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

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