LFB notices to social sector housing providers

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered at on 21 July 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour

London Fire Brigade has served public notices on high-rise buildings owned by Peabody Housing, London and Quadrant, A2 Dominion, One Housing Group, Tower Hamlet Homes Limited, Lancaster Gate Housing. What efforts is the Mayor making to persuade the owners to comply with these notices?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I do not have powers over building owners, but Londoners must have confidence that their homes are safe and I will continue to hold building owners to account on fire safety. In March I wrote to all building owners and managers in London, urging them to improve the safety of residential blocks and to start preparing for a number of other recommendations, ahead of legislation. London Fire Brigade also continues to provide support and advice to building owners and managers to ensure that their legal obligations are being met.

I continue to discuss the Fire Safety Bill, currently progressing through Parliament, with the London Fire Commissioner. The Bill will give more clarity on which areas are the responsibility of the Responsible Person so that they can fulfil their role and be held to account if they do not.