Academics are reviewing current housing laws for any potential risks to the safety of tenants’ homes.
Housing charity Shelter has set up the review in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in June and concerns over tenants’ rights highlighted by the tragedy.
In the aftermath of the deadly blaze, it was alleged that residents’ repeated warnings over fire safety in the building had been ignored by the authorities.
Laws to be scrutinised
Now Shelter is urging changes in legislation to help prevent there being a repeat of Grenfell.
Academics from the universities of Bristol and Kent are scrutinising current housing legislation on behalf of the charity in a bid to highlight any “current failings” and set out a case for “urgent reform”.
Shelter hopes the study, to be published in November, will identify ways in which tenants’ legal rights can be strengthened.
Highlight the failings
Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, said: “In the most horrifying way possible, the Grenfell fire has shown that our laws fail to protect people’s right to a safe and decent home.
“Through our frontline work we see just how hard it is for thousands of people living in poor conditions to tackle safety concerns or legally challenge their landlord.
“That’s why we are asking leading academics to help us expose all of the current failings to demonstrate the case for urgent reform.
“Our goal is to get the government to make the legal changes necessary to prevent a tragedy like Grenfell from happening again.”
Reference: Daily Mail
Date Published: September 26, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown