Thank you. The timeline you refer to indicates that it is possible that you have an assured shorthold tenancy without security of tenure. However your reference to the involvement of a rent officer suggests that your tenancy is being treated as an assured tenancy or regulated tenancy. This may be due to the amount of rent you were charged. I would be happy to investigate but this question is likely easily answered by your contacting your rent officer and asking him to confirm you have a regulated or assured tenancy and he is likely to be able to easily and quickly confirm. as long as you have either a regulated or assured tenancy, you will have security of tenure - i.e. the landlord cannot force you to leave. what follows assumes that you have one of these two types of tenancy so I would recommend this point being the first you check.
Assuming you do you have one of these two types of tenancy,in answer to your query - there are two principal bases on which you can seek to make adaptions:
1. from what you say, the bathroom is extremely old and therefore likely does not comply with the Housing health and safety rating system that was introduced in the Housing act 2004 because modern safety standards have changed a lot since the time the bathroom was installed. It may be that you can therefore require the landlord to bring the bathroom up to modern standards. If the landlord is not willing to do so you can either carry out the works yourself or you can ask the council to carry out something known as an HHSRS inspection which is an inspection carried out by an environmental officer to ensure that the property meets modern standards for safety. you can see the standards against which the property will be judged at the following link:
2. The second basis which can be used either instead of or in conjunction with the above is under the terms of the equality act 2010 under which the landlord is required to make reasonable adjustments to the property to adapt it for your use where you find certain aspects of the property difficult because of a disability - this can include restricted movement that many of us experience as we get older. He does not have to make changes to the structure of the property but you can ask for changes to fixtures and fittings and furnishings that are reasonable in the circumstances.
It is also possible to obtain grants the local authority to make adaptations subject to your financial circumstances. If this is something you wish to investigate, you can contact adult social services who can sensibly around to carry out an assessment of your needs. they can also assist with liaising with your landlord to carry out adaptations where they are found to be necessary.
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