Posted 07 Sep 2017
Statement on the legal review of Grenfell, commissioned by Shelter
Following the Grenfell Tower fire, Shelter has commissioned the Universities of Bristol and Kent to carry out a legal review.
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 front-line 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. As a first step, MPs should support the Fitness for Human Habitation private members bill. This will create a minimum safety standard for both social and privately rented homes.”