Equality Act 2010—premises
Equality Act 2010—premises

The following Property guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Equality Act 2010—premises
  • Disposal
  • Permission for disposal
  • Management
  • Duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled persons
  • Superior landlord’s consent
  • Physical features
  • Improvements to let dwelling houses—landlord’s consent
  • Exceptions relating to premises
  • General exceptions

Part 4 of the Equality Act 2010 (EqA 2010) imposes EqA 2010 duties in relation to premises. It covers disposals of premises, management of premises (including possession and eviction) and a duty to make reasonable adjustments to premises.

The duty to make adjustments to common parts is not yet in force. For more information, see Practice Note: Equality Act 2010—common parts—reasonable adjustments—physical features.

The provisions relating to premises do not apply to:

  1. the protected characteristics of age or marriage and civil partnership (for more information on protected characteristics, see Equality—overview)

  2. certain other forms of discrimination relating to other parts of EqA 2010 (eg relating to work or education)

  3. accommodation that is only for short stays for people who live elsewhere and accommodation that is for the purpose only of exercising a public function. However, where social landlords manage such forms of housing (eg homelessness accommodation), this will still usually fall within EqA 2010, Pt 3 (services and public functions)


A person (A) who has the right to dispose of the whole or part of premises must not discriminate or victimise against another (B):

  1. as to the terms on which A offers to dispose of the premises to B

  2. by not disposing of the premises to B

  3. in A's treatment of B with respect to things done in relation to persons seeking

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