Leasehold: West Midlands

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 1st September 2020.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the cost of waking watches services to leaseholders in (a) Birmingham and (b) the West Midlands.

Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the average (a) weekly and (b) monthly cost to leaseholders in buildings with unsafe cladding systems of (i) temporary safety measures, (ii) legal fees, (iii) insurance premiums and (iv) other ancillary fees related to fire safety.

Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the average service charge to leaseholders in (a) residential buildings and (b) residential buildings with unsafe cladding systems in (i) Edgbaston constituency, (ii) Birmingham and (iii) the West Midlands.

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

Lord Greenhalgh, Minister of State for Fire, is investigating what can be done to reduce the cost of waking watch for buildings that currently have them in place. This includes ensuring that waking watch costs are transparent so that leaseholders and others who commission these services can ensure that costs are reasonable. The Department does not currently hold specific data on service charges or other ancillary costs to leaseholders related to fire safety in buildings with unsafe cladding systems.

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