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Laura Hemingway

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428066

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428066.001.0001

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Attitudinal constraints: assumptions and institutional practices

Attitudinal constraints: assumptions and institutional practices

(p.129) Six Attitudinal constraints: assumptions and institutional practices
Disabled people and housing

Laura Hemingway

Policy Press

This chapter looks further at risk assessment in relation to how distinctions between impairments can be made by institutions or intermediaries. It begins by looking at some of the assumptions made by the building industry about disabled people, and the effects that these can have on the availability of accessible housing. The chapter then examines the roles played by assumptions and practices within the rented sector in disabled people's housing opportunities. These include the ways in which allocation processes and additional duties placed on social landlords (with regard to antisocial behaviour) may affect disabled people's opportunities within social renting, as well as how private landlords may restrict disabled people's access to privately rented accommodation. The chapter ends by considering potential strategies for addressing various attitudinal barriers.

Keywords:   rented accommodation, attitudinal barriers, owner-occupation, accessible housing, disabled people, social renting

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