LAH evaluation

Social housing landlords across London are successfully working on improving housing choices for disabled people by participating in a London-wide roll out of the London Accessible Housing Register.

The London Accessible Housing Register (LAHR) enables social landlords to collect accurate information on the accessibility of all of their homes. With an accurate knowledge of their accessible housing stock, boroughs and housing associations will be able to ensure that homes that are accessible, or have been adapted, are made available to those who need them.

There are an estimated 30,000 Londoners with an unmet need for wheelchair-accessible housing. However, only around 1,200 wheelchair-standard homes are let annually by London's social landlords. Also less than half of all London's housing association lettings, involving accessible homes, go to households containing a wheelchair user or other disabled person. The LAHR aims to address this by enabling landlords to effectively identify accessible homes when they become available and ensure that they are made available to disabled people.

Assisted by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, on behalf of the Greater London Authority and Department for Communities and Local Government, two thirds of London boroughs have now committed to using the LAHR framework. By integrating this into choice-based letting schemes, housing applicants can now make better informed choices about their housing.

Councillor Timothy Coleridge, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "We all know how difficult it can be to secure social housing. For disabled people the search for suitable housing can be even more challenging. I believe that this new approach will go some way to ensuring that more people with disabilities across London will be able to bid for homes that meet their needs."

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: `Londoners with accessibility needs often face a real challenge in finding the home that is right for them, which is why it is so important that we have the most accurate and up to date information about our housing stock. I hope we can continue to build on the excellent progress made and see even more landlords getting involved and supporting this important project."

Further information and training materials for social housing landlords are available at www.london.gov.uk/priorities/housing/housing-need/lahr or download the guide and report below: