Buildings: Safety

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 8th June 2020.

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Photo of Shabana Mahmood Shabana Mahmood Labour, Birmingham, Ladywood

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of widening the scope of the Building Safety Fund to include leaseholders who committed to undertake remedial works prior to 11 March 2020.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

It is the responsibility of building owners to ensure their buildings are safe for residents. The Government also expects those building owners that have already committed to fund remediation to continue to pay and not pass on remediation costs to leaseholders.

The new fund is designed to remove financial barriers where building owners do not have the means to fund remediation quickly. Where work was completed or underway before 11 March 2020, resident safety is already being prioritised. In such circumstances leaseholders facing charges for remediation costs should confirm that their building owner sought to recover costs from those originally responsible for the defects or through warranty and insurance claims, where possible.

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