Vital safety checks urged in wake of Grenfell Tower tragedy

The government has approached the RLA to contact landlords, owners and managers of PRS blocks throughout England in the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze.

The association was contacted by the Department for Communities and Local Government to share vital information with members following the devastating fire.

In a letter Melanie Dawes, permanent secretary for DCLG has told landlords safety checks must be carried out on buildings as a matter of urgency.

She said: “Following the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington last week, we want to ensure you are aware of help that is available in checking your buildings.

“There has been much public concern and comment about potential flaws in the cladding that was on Grenfell Tower.

“While the exact reasons for the speed of the spread of fire have yet to be determined, we have concluded that there are additional tests that can be undertaken with regard to the cladding.

“We have asked local authorities and social housing providers to identify whether any panels used in new build or refurbishment of their own housing stock are a particular type of cladding made of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM).

“These checks will be relevant to privately owned and managed residential buildings too, so please can you consider carrying out these checks on your buildings.”

The letter goes to explain how to identify the cladding and includes an offer to pay for samples to be tested. It is prioritising buildings more than six storeys or 18 metres high.

To read the letter in full click here.

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The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) across England and Wales. With over 23,000 subscribing members, and an additional 16,000 registered guests who engage regularly with the association, we are the leading voice of private landlords. Combined, they manage almost half a million properties.

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