Kensington and Chelsea Council to end contract with tenant management organisation after unanimous vote

Kensington and Chelsea Council to end contract with Tenant Management Organisation after unanimous vote

25 resident associations took part in the vote held by the council

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Kensington and Chelsea Council is to end its relationship with the organisation responsible for the management of Grenfell Tower.

The current contract with the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) will be terminated following a key vote held by the council. In its place will come a new arrangement or body in order to manage the council’s housing stocks. 

The vote, by 25 residents; associations, was unanimous, and deputy council leader Kim Taylor-Smith cited a lack of confidence in the organisation’s fire safety records as a motivating factor.

The councillor insisted the deal was being closed in an organised manner, and the council was listening to residents on how they wanted to be managed in the future.

At least 80 people died when flames engulfed Grenfell Tower in June, and the tenant management organisation has attracted a huge amount of criticism and scrutiny in the weeks since the disaster.

In the immediate aftermath of the fire, a number of previous warnings by residents came to light, claiming that KCTMO had been guilty of negligence long before the tower was engulfed in flames.

In July Scotland Yard, which is conducting its own investigation into Grenfell , said there were "reasonable grounds" to suspect Kensington and Chelsea council, together with the tenant management organisation, committed corporate manslaughter.