Equality and Human Rights Commission briefing paper: Following Grenfell – The Right to Adequate and Safe Housing

The fact that people with limited mobility were living high up in Grenfell Tower and faced greater difficulties escaping the fire raises important questions about discrimination against certain groups and accessibility standards.

This is from the September 2018 briefing report (pdf) from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC),  which explains the human rights issues raised by the Grenfell Tower fire.

This briefing focuses on the right to adequate and safe housing, explaining:

  • What the right to adequate and safe housing is
  • Its source in international law
  • What it means in practice
  • How it is relevant to Grenfell and the work of the Grenfell inquiry

The report finds:

  • The right to adequate housing is one of the most well-recognised economic and social rights internationally. It is central to human dignity and without it, it is effectively impossible to exercise a range of other human rights, including family life, privacy, and health
  • Tenants in social and private rented accommodation often struggle to take action to improve their living conditions and address health and safety hazards
  • Governments have to provide redress to individuals and families whose rights to housing, life, private and family life and other rights have been violated
  • While it is the Government’s (including public bodies’) duty to actively protect people’s right to housing and to ensure their access to justice, under international human rights law, private landlords and management companies have a responsibility to respect those rights.

Read the full report (pdf).