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Can you get a ramp on a shared entrance? (e.g. if there are 1 or 2 steps)

SnowbelleSnowbelle Member Posts: 41 Courageous
Hi Everyone,
I was wondering if anyone could help me.  I need to find somewhere to live that I can get a wheelchair in & out of.
I have just spotted an apartment that has 1 step on its entrance (which is shared with 1 other apartment).  

Does anyone know whether if the entrance is shared, is it possible to put a ramp on it?  
Is it dependent on getting permission from the other resident(s) or management company or both, or something else?  
(the walkway that the step is at the end of is just about wide enough for the ramp, so it would mean the other resident(s) would also need to walk up the ramp if one was placed there).

It's so hard to find accessible accommodation!  If it's accessible inside & in the right location, it would seem such a shame for a single step to get in the way!)

Thanks,

Snowbelle

Replies

  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 3,785 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi is it rented accommodation? if so your first port of call will be the landlord, if its social housing (council/housing associate.) then they would have to give permission.
    Does it have to be a permanent ramp or could you manage with a temp one?
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • SnowbelleSnowbelle Member Posts: 41 Courageous
    Thanks @woodbine.  It’s private buying.  

    (Although also looking at private rented as I only have 2 months before I need to move, so same issue may come up with private rented.  
    It looks unlikely that a social housing property would become available quick enough, although that would be most likely to meet my needs if it was available). 
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 3,785 Disability Gamechanger
    Private flats usually have some sort of management and they would be able to advise, but I'm afraid it's unlikely they would agree to a ramp if other residents would have to walk up and down it, then it could pose issues with insurance and other issues.
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
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