Academics looking at housing legislation

Academics looking at housing legislation

HOMELESS CHARITY Shelter asked university academics to scrutinise laws and ‘shortcoming’ after ‘concerns about the adequacy of tenants’ legal rights’ post Grenfell.

Mail Online reported on Shelter’s move to task Bristol and Kent university academics ‘with identifying potential gaps in current legislation which undermine[s] the safety of homes’, and the research has seen renters, owner occupiers, lawyers and ‘other professionals’ asked for evidence, while a final report is expected to be published in November.

The site noted that the Grenfell Tower fire was ‘alleged to have occurred against a backdrop of ignored warnings about fire safety from those living in the building’, with Shelter aiming to ‘establish how the legal rights of tenants could be strengthened’, and to ‘unearth any holes in the legislation which compromise the safety of houses or prevent households from remedying problems’. It is also looking to identify ‘where lack of enforcement could fetter legal protections’.

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, stated: ‘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.’