Landlords can access the funding from the local authority Disabled Facilities Grant, providing they have a tenant living in the property that requires the adaptation. Currently, DFG’s can be used to fund up to £30,000 towards adaptation in any one home in England.
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities has announced a £50m fund boost to this fund – see here.
According to the Older Person’s Taskforce for housing, there are 12.4m people in Britain aged over 65 – that’s 18 per cent of the population. By 2041, this is projected to rise to 20.4m or 26 per cent of the population.
Propertymark, the letting agents’ organisation, says the increase in funding comes following its own response to the Call for Evidence from the Older Persons Housing Taskforce.
Propertymark called for the UK government to improve access and promote the DFG to private landlords and their agents to ensure that more property in the private rented sector is accessible; and for grants, interest-free loans and tax incentives for developers to build the right type of housing for disabled people.