High Rise Flats: Bromley

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 18th March 2019.

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Photo of Lord Beecham Lord Beecham Shadow Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow Spokesperson (Housing)

To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will respond to the refusal of the freeholder of the Northpoint building in Bromley to pay for the replacement of combustible cladding on that building.

Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

I am very concerned about the position the residents at Northpoint find themselves in through no fault of their own, and I am disappointed that the freeholder has not yet committed to doing the right thing and protecting leaseholders from the costs of remediation. The Secretary of State has consistently set his strong expectation that costs should not be passed on to leaseholders, and he has written to the building owner and other parties at Northpoint to make clear that he expects them to fund the work. He has asked them to find an acceptable solution urgently. We are considering various options for ensuring costs are not passed on to leaseholders.

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