If your home needs adaptations to make it accessible for you, it may not be safe for you to live there during building works.
You only have the right to temporary accommodation from your landlord if it’s in your tenancy agreement.
If your home is not safe, you could apply for emergency homeless accommodation from your local authority. This may not be in your local area or accessible.
Housing associations and local authorities
Local authorities and housing associations should have policies on temporary accommodation and major building works. For example, they could have an adaptation or decant policy. Ask your housing officer if you’re not sure which policy to look at.
Get written evidence to show that your property is not safe for you to live in.
Evidence could be an email, letter or report. It should show that you need temporary accommodation. This should include:
medical information that explains how the building work would affect you and your condition
how the building work will affect your home
This could be anything that shows how the building works could be unsafe for you because of your condition. For example, how building dust could make your condition worse.
This evidence could be a report or letter from your doctor or healthcare professional. For example, your:
speech and language therapist
Your evidence should show how your home will be affected by the building work and for how long. For example:
no water supply
not being able to get into and around your home safely
nowhere for your overnight carer to sleep
You could get information from the builders.
Take your own photos. Keep the original photo files as these will include the time and date of when they were taken.
If you need adaptations to your home to live more independently, you might get these from:
your local authority
your housing association
These adaptations can be to your own home or one you rent.
You may be eligible for emergency homeless accommodation if you can show that it’s not ‘reasonable’ for you to stay in your home. This would be because the building works mean that it is not possible to live there with your condition or impairment.
If you are offered somewhere to stay, it could be a room in a hotel, bed and breakfast or hostel rather than a flat or house. The emergency accommodation may not be close to your home.
Contact your local authority and ask to make a homeless application. This might be called the ‘housing options unit’. If this does not work, you could also try contacting social services.