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Can a wet room be cited by the council as a reason to decline a move? Could I make an appeal?

mcaurrey1969mcaurrey1969 Member Posts: 1 Listener
Hi, thanks for adding me. I need advice on an impending move via mutual exchange between social housing tenants please. 

I had my bath removed 6 years ago and at the time of all properties in my road having updated kitchens and bathrooms, they put in a wet room for me instead. I was told at the time that the only restriction this would place on me going forward was that I'd not be able to exchange for 5 years. That was fine by me. 

Since then my needs have changed. My son needs to be elsewhere for college and eventually, uni and I need to be where facilities are closer by and more community around me. I'm pretty isolated where I am. 

I found someone that wants my home and found a place we want to move to, so a 3 way exchange. We've submitted papers for the swap. I'm really concerned, after reading reasons they can decline, that they will cite my wet room as making my home adapted when it is literally just the wet room, the rest of the flat isn't particularly disabled friendly. 

Can they cite a wet room as reason to decline? Could I appeal I'd they do? The other home I want is perfect for us and the people wanting here thinks this is perfect for them, and likewise the lady moving to theirs thinks same. We each are so happy and needing this. We are all willing to accept properties as is. The people wanting mine have no physical limitations requiring a wet room but the council could put a caveat that the wet room remain, so that it isn't changed back and any future tenants that are disabled can benefit? 

Or am I looking at potential heartbreak here. 


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    HI and welcome,

    I think the only ones that can answer your questions here is your landlord. If there is a restristion on your property that makes it disabled only then there could potentially be problems with exchanging with someone that isn't disabled so yes they can decline your exchange for that reason.

    A few years ago i moved into a disabled house, which included a wet room. Before i moved into it the criteria for this house was you needed to be disabled to be considered. It was my disablity that got me this house. If it was to be housed by a non disabled person then it would have needed to be put back the way it was before.
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  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,068 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community glad you have joined and I hope Poppy has answered your question.

    My council and housing association are the same as there is such a long waiting list for adapted disabled properties they will only allow disabled people to move into one that is suitable for them

    However is you are disabled but can use a multi purpose property then this is allowed . My bungalow is considered multi purpose as I can get about in my wheelchair but I dont have a wet room installed
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 3,999

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    edited August 2020
    Hello and welcome to the community @mcaurrey1969 :) It's great to have you here.

    I hope that you've found the comments from @janer1967 and @poppy123456 useful. I've moved your post into the Housing and Independent Living category of the site so that more people can answer your query and offer you some support. 

    Please do let us know if there's anything else we can help you with :) 
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @mcaurrey1969! How are you today? :)
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