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The tenant of a grade II listed residential property (which is let under a 35-year old protected shorthold tenancy) is in need of a stairlift to assist with her mobility around the property. Does the landlord have to allow a stairlift to be fitted and does the landlord have to pay for it?

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Published on LexisPSL on 06/04/2021

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  • The tenant of a grade II listed residential property (which is let under a 35-year old protected shorthold tenancy) is in need of a stairlift to assist with her mobility around the property. Does the landlord have to allow a stairlift to be fitted and does the landlord have to pay for it?
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Alterations by tenant
  • Listed buildings

Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 (EqA 2010) provides a framework for non-discrimination and related duties. The starting point is the ‘protected characteristic’, followed by forms of prohibited conduct and/or duties. EqA 2010 also outlines the various fields in which it takes effect.

Under EqA 2010, s 4, the 'protected characteristics' include disability. Under EqA 2010, a person has a disability where they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

EqA 2010 imposes a duty upon the controller of let premises, ie the landlord and/or manager of the premises, in relation to the tenant and any person otherwise entitled to occupy them. The duty in relation to let premises is to make reasonable adjustments. For

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