TMO no longer responsible for Grenfell estate, PM confirms

24 Aug 17

Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation has been relieved of its duties for the social housing estate where the Grenfell tower fire took place, Theresa May has confirmed.

On Tuesday, the prime minister met privately with 70 Grenfell residents and informed them that the TMO would no longer be charge of the Lancaster West estate – which included the 24-storey tower that was engulfed in flames in June.

KCTMO will continue to manage properties elsewhere in the borough despite criticism from residents that it had not listened to their safety concerns in the weeks and months before the tragedy, which claimed at least 80 lives.

Speaking on Wednesday, May said: "It was a very good meeting last night, it was very dignified, a very respectful meeting.

"Obviously people did have concerns that they were raising and I was pleased that I was able to tell them – because the Tenant Management Organisation is one of the issues that residents have been very concerned about – I was able to tell them that the Tenant Management Organisation will no longer have responsibility for the Lancaster West housing estate.

"People were pleased to hear that."

After the meeting a Downing Street spokesman said: “The prime minister acknowledged residents’ concerns about the culture of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Tenant Management Organisation.

“She confirmed that the TMO will be removed from the management of the Lancaster West (Grenfell Tower) estate and she recognised that the council did not respond quickly enough after the fire.

“She agreed that it was important that the council listen to and respond to the issues residents face about the support and information they were receiving, including from key workers and housing officers.”

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