Grenfell Tower: Fires

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will set out the details of any meetings or other contact that has taken place between his Department and representatives from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea about allowing council tenants who formerly resided in Grenfell Tower to retain the right to buy.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma Minister of State (Communities and Local Government)

The Government has been clear that residents who held a council tenancy in Grenfell Tower or Grenfell Walk will be offered a new home that will be on at least the same terms as the one they lost.

Survivors who held a council tenancy at Grenfell Tower or Grenfell Walk will have the Right to Buy their new permanent council property; where they move into a permanent housing association property, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) will ask landlords to grant them the Right to Buy.

Officials from my Department have regular meetings with representatives from RBKC about rehousing, including allowing council tenants who formerly resided in Grenfell Tower to retain the Right to Buy.

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