Grenfell Tower: Amnesty from prosecution for illegal subletting

Grenfell Tower: Amnesty from prosecution for illegal subletting

The tragic fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June has been an immensely traumatic experience for all those directly affected as well as for the wider community. One of the reasons for continuing intense distress is the fact that the number and identity of those who died is still not known. This is in part because authorities are not aware of exactly who was present in the Tower when the fire broke out.  
 
For that reason Kensington and Chelsea Council is today issuing a statement which they hope will help with the effort to confirm the identities of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. This statement is issued to encourage tenants who have not yet done so to come forward with information to assist in confirming the identities of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. The public interest must be in being able to identify the victims of the fire.
 
In a separate statement issued on Sunday the Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, confirmed guidance from the Director of Public Prosecutions not to prosecute tenants at Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk for unlawful subletting.
 
Tenants of Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk who may have been sub-letting their properties on the night of the fire and who have, or do, come forward to the authorities so they can be confirmed as safe and / or to indicate that others were resident in their flat when the fire took place, will not face prosecution for offences of unlawful sub-letting of the property.
 
The Council hopes that this assurance will mean that all residents feel able to come forward without delay and without any worries as to the consequences.