Housing safety laws are not up to scratch, according to a new report by Shelter.
The study – conducted by Universities of Bristol and Kent researchers in the wake of the deadly Grenfell Tower fire – discovered 85% of housing professionals believe current rules and regulations are failing to protect the nation’s tenants.
Shelter called for an overhaul in safety standards.
They’ve failed so catastrophically that those living in social housing are no longer safe
“The laws which are meant to protect people in their homes are inadequate and outdated, stretching back to the Victorian times,” said the charity’s chief executive Polly Neate.
“They’ve failed so catastrophically that those living in social housing are no longer safe.”
The academics surveyed tenants as well as landlords and housing lawyers for the report “Closing The Gaps: Health And Safety In Housing.” They found that confusing web of current legislation was divorced from housing problems as residents have experienced them.