What was the problem?
The Grenfell Tower fire was a tragedy, caused in part by a lack of regulation for landlords to make sure that our rented homes are safe.
While they were legally required to carry out some repairs, landlords were free to ignore other issues, and were under no obligation to make homes ‘fit for human habitation’.
In the aftermath of the fire, the dangers of unsafe accommodation were even more pressing. With over one million rented homes containing hazards posing a serious risk to health and safety, something had to change.
What did we do about it?
We asked the government to pass the Fitness for Human Habitation Bill – and you joined our call.
MP Karen Buck also came out in support of the Bill, which aimed to change the law so landlords would have to make sure their properties were safe. It would also extend existing laws to areas in buildings ‘in which the landlord has an interest’, like the stairwell.
Importantly, if the Bill passed, private renters would also be able to take their landlord to court over unfit living conditions.
In November 2017, we launched a petition about it, which 44,582 of you signed – an incredible number that the government couldn’t ignore. You also sent an astonishing 7,000 letters to over 500 MPs the following month.
What you helped us achieve achieved together
After a long journey and thanks to your support, the Bill finally passed through the House of Lords and into law in December 2018.
Now all rented homes will be safer.
This victory is a testament to the power of Shelter supporters. Our movement came together, stood up for renters and made real change, and that wouldn’t have been possible without your help. Thank you.