Disability Discrimination Act – Part III now in force

United Kingdom

After much publicity and some years in the waiting Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) finally came into effect on 1st October.

Many owners and occupiers of properties will have spent considerable time and effort in making sure that the buildings which they own or occupy are DDA compliant. For those owners and occupiers who have not yet taken steps to comply with the DDA they obviously need to do so as a matter of urgency.

However, this is not the end of the story for those who have taken action already. The statutory obligation is an ongoing one. Owners and occupiers cannot simply now sit back and think that they have done everything they have to do. They must regularly review the services which they provide and audit their buildings to ensure that they are complying with their statutory duty. After all the test is one of reasonableness. It may be that actions which were not reasonable as at 1st October 2004 (for example because of cost) are reasonable in the future.

If you require any further advice on disability discrimination issues in so far as they relate to real estate, please contact Mark Heighton at [email protected] or on +44 (0) 20 7367 2177.