Building & Fire Safety Deal with Developers (3)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Sem Moema Sem Moema Labour

What support will there be for tenants and leaseholders living in buildings whose height is under 18 meters as part of the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ agreement with developers?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

In January 2022, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) announced a £4bn grant scheme for the remediation of 11 to 18 metre residential buildings with unsafe cladding systems. In addition, the Secretary of State called on developers to submit proposals for contributing towards funding for cladding remediation on these buildings.

In April, DLUHC confirmed that 45 developers have signed up to a pledge to pay for all costs associated with life-critical fire-safety works required in buildings over 11 metres that they have played a role in developing or refurbishing over the last 30 years in England. This will include buildings they have developed on behalf of social landlords as part of Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

I remain concerned that leaseholders in buildings below 11m with cladding or other building safety defects remain out of the scope of this funding. I will continue to press ministers to ensure that no leaseholder faces bills to put right building safety defects that they played no part in causing.