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I live in private flat. There is no drop kerb to allow my wheelchair to leave the complex. Management company seem to be very reluctant to give me disabled bay in front of flat. I have blue badge on account of becoming above knee amputee and can not walk far with two walking sticks.Have been requesting both for over a year now. Do I have any rights? Regards. J*** S********
Hello for clarification - how have you asked the management company - by phone or letter?
what have been their replies?
have you contacted the council?
It depends on the age of the flat. If it’s been built for some years, there was no requirement for disabled access although it’s been built or converted recently (probably at least 10 or 15 years) there is a requirement for the dropped curb for disabled access. There is no statutory requirement to do it retrospectively.
I would suggest you put everything in writing because telephone calls to our habit getting “lost” stop
I don’t know whether you have a private parking space under the terms of your lease but if not, there is no obligation to give you private parking.
Unfortunately, subject to what I’ve said above, they have no obligation to do this work but that wouldn’t stop me pressing them. They may respond more proactively if the letter came from a solicitor although I’m not certain what action the solicitor could actually threaten bringing.
What you might want to do is contact your local Access Group who are extremely good bringing pressure to bear on landlords and local authorities.
I have a friend who is disabled and my understanding is that there are lots of local groups who campaign for access for disabled. I have never dealt with one and I don’t know whether it was a local thing to him or a national thing. I found this list: https://www.ableize.com/access-and-travel/access-groups-disabled/
and it would certainly be worthwhile contacting one.
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