The Hackitt Report dodges critical issues in the wake of Grenfell
It could be argued that the report has ducked another vital issue. Instead of sticking together our current ropey laws with gaffer tape – including the Housing Act 2004 (enforced by EHOs) and the Regulatory Reform or Fire Safety Order (enforced by fire and rescue services) – why not replace them with modern fit-for purpose legislation that sorts out the current mess of who does what and where?
The need for such a thorough re-evaluation was a theme at CIEH’s recent Housing and Health Conference, which devoted a thoughtful session to the Grenfell fire. Could it be *whispers* that the time has come for a new, consolidatory Housing Act? Experts from Professor David Ormandy to the Residential Landlords Association’s Policy Director, David Smith, argued that there are now far too many overlapping laws and means of redress covering security and standards in rented accommodation. Another well-intentioned statute may even soon join them – the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill.