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Special rules apply for disabled housing requirements, which local councils and landlords are obliged to adhere to. If you are disabled or suffering from a medical condition which requires special housing needs, help is available.

Adaptations or alterations to enable you to cope better can be financed by the Disabled facilities grant. Your local housing department should have a booklet published by the Department of the Environment titled 'Housing key facts - disabled facilities grant' and your local social services occupational therapist department can help enormously. Some grants are mandatory while others are discretionary, but if you are refused, there is normally the right to appeal with an independent panel. Grants can be requested by home owners, tenants or a landlord. Find out more by clicking here

Small adaptations such as grab rails, ramps etc. can be provided free from the occupational therapist social services department.Houses to rent

If you find it hard to keep warm in the house due to draughty windows, doors or lack of insulation. Helpful booklets, advice and grants are available from the Winter Warmth Line phone free on 0800 289404.

You are entitled to an extra room for storage of medical or other equipment relating to your disability. Generally this an extra bedroom or an extension can be built. Grants are usually available for this. If you are a tenant, council or private, the local housing department allows you to upgrade by moving to a bigger house, from say a two to three bedrooms. If you are receiving housing benefit as a private or council tenant, they will pay the extra rent for a house/flat larger than normal.

**NOTE** Under an appeal court hearing this year, councils must now allow an extra bedroom for a carer, which until now has been excluded. For more information on this which affects some 200 disabled people per year who are refused - see CARERS BEDROOM.

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