Briefing: Fitness for Human Habitation Report & Third Reading

By: Poppy Terry  Published: October 2018


A briefing prepared ahead of the Report Stage and Third Reading debates of the Fitness for Human Habitation Bill in the House of Commons

Summary

Shelter supports the introduction of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, which will help to improve property conditions for renters in both social housing and the private rented sector. 

The fire at Grenfell Tower has shone a light on the problems facing social tenants and has placed the issues of poor quality housing, tenant safety and the neglect of low-income renters on the public agenda. Many of the issues currently being discussed are those that Shelter has been campaigning on for many years.

The Bill will give tenants a meaningful route to improve conditions without relying on patchy local authority resources.

This Bill has been endorsed by the government, has received cross-party support in Parliament and is being supported by the Residential Landlords Association and National Landlord Association.

Shelter is calling on MPs to support this Bill and pass it without further amendment, as part of a cross-party, national, response to the Grenfell tragedy so that future tenants are not ignored and their safety put at risk.

Download

Download the full document: