As well as searching for individual clients and companies, we also spend a large percentage of our time talking to landlords and developer, highlighting the issues with the lack of accessible housing.
Landlords with properties with adaptions, ground floor or flats with access to upper floors, we are continuously persuading them to rent them out as accessible properties. With the developers, we continue to enourage them to build accessible homes. Housing developers are missing out on a large market, which we’re working to change!
Is there a market for accessible homes? New research by Papworth Trust and Habinteg highlights the hidden housing market for 1.8m disabled people. These numbers prove there absolutely is. Reports from our friends at Habinteg showing more shocking figures. 1.8 million people waiting for accessible properties…
Why it is time for developers to take another look at accessible housing…
The new findings launched today clearly show the demand for accessible housing to rent and buy. The report uncovers a fresh view that challenges assumptions about the potential for disabled people to buy their own home. The report also sheds light on the wider appeal of homes that deliver higher quality accessible features.
- 1.8 million disabled people have an unmet accessible housing need – 580,000 of whom are of working age (there are 11.6 million disabled people in the UK)
- Of the 1.8 million disabled people needing accessible homes, 56% are home owners with 39% having incomes in the top half of the income distribution
- 19% of the British public would most favour moving to a different property specifically designed or adapted to enable them to live independently in later life
- Impact of unmet housing need for accessible housing – disabled people living in inaccessible homes are four times more likely to be unemployed.