Getting more suitable accommodation and moving house

Approach your local council if your home is not suitable for your needs.

An occupational therapist (OT) can help identify aids or adaptations to help you remain at home. If your property is not suitable, the OT’s report will provide crucial evidence to the local housing department.

Council housing

Each council has an allocations policy. This will tell you if you are eligible. 

Apply to the council’s waiting list (Shelter) 

Councils have a legal duty to help most people who are homeless. You will have a priority need for housing if you are vulnerable because of old age, mental illness or disability. The rules around homelessness are quite complex.  

Seek specialist housing advice (Shelter)

Financial help to move

There is some financial help available if you need a deposit for a privately rented property.

Rent deposit schemes (Shelter).

If you need help with rent in advance and you’re receiving a means-tested (based on your income) benefit, you might get a budgeting loan. This can help pay for essential things like rent in advance or removal costs.

Get a budgeting loan (GOV.UK)

Discretionary Housing Payment

You can also apply for a grant to help meet the cost of adapting a property (including mobile homes and houseboats) where a disabled person lives. The adaptations must meet the specific needs of the disabled person. Usually an OT will carry out the assessment. Proposed adaptations must be reasonable and practicable.

Disabled Facilities Grants

Sources of housing advice

  • Shelter offers free, confidential advice to people with all kinds of housing problems.
  • Habinteg is a housing provider offering and promoting accessible, adaptable and affordable homes.
  • The House Shop allows you to find, buy, rent or sell accessible homes that have been built, adapted or modified for wheelchair users.
  • Accessible housing in Wales is a list of housing resources if you live in Wales.

Download a free PDF guide to finding an accessible home.

Talk to the Scope online community about housing.

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