Martyn Sibley speaks exclusively to The Accessible Property Register about uneducated estate agents and accessible home-hunting struggles.
Property portal TheHouseShop.com, and their sister site the Accessible Property Register, have spoken to Martyn Sibley, co founder of Disability Horizons and avid accessible traveller, to find out what it’s like finding a home that allows people with disabilities to live independently. And as you can imagine, it’s no easy task.
Speaking exclusively to The Accessible Property Register, Martyn Sibley explains the trials and tribulations of finding a home that allows him to live independently and gives us all an insight into the difficulties faced by disabled home-hunters. Moving out is often a daunting task for anyone; with rental prices sky high, finding a place that allows you to live independently is difficult, and for many people the best option is to move into a house-share. However, as Martyn explains, for many disabled people, it just isn’t that easy:
“I thought I could rent a room in a shared house like everyone else does. Of course, I was naive to my own needs such as needing a Personal Care Assistant (PA) with me. However my viewings from Gumtree were laughable. How on earth the people I messaged in advance about wheelchair access thought it was suitable – I’ll never know.”