Section: Tenants' Rights

New website provides guidance for tower block residents on how to tackle common problems

Posted 25.08.20
Tower Blocks UK: Further reading

A new website - FixMyBlock.org - has been launched to help tower block tenants tackle common problems.

FixMyBlock is the first site to focus purely on information for tower block residents. It's a project from the information and resource group Tower Blocks UK and the charity mySociety.

The project grew as a response to the Grenfell Tower fire, when it became clear that fire safety in tower blocks is a life or death matter - and one that has been sadly overlooked for too long.

Beginning with advice on cladding and other unsafe construction methods, the site soon expanded to cover many other issues that blight the lives of tower block tenants.

There is simple advice on how to get problems fixed, like leaky window frames, cracks in walls and, of course - concerns about fire safety.

There is also guidance on tenants' rights in law, as well as to access letters that can be copied when there is a need to contact a landlord or the authorities.

The site also offers advice on campaigning or getting the media involved. Inspiring case studies show how effective such actions can be.

FixMyBlock is currently available in twenty languages, and right now it has advice for social housing tenants in England and Wales, with plans to extend to cover Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as other types of tenure soon.

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