High Rise Flats: Safety

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 25th January 2022.

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Photo of Bob Blackman Bob Blackman Conservative, Harrow East

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what his policy is on how the remediation of non-cladding items which pose dangers to life will be funded in a block between 11 and 18 metres where resident tenants have purchased the freehold to the building and the developer of the building cannot be found via Operation Apex as a result of insolvency of the developer.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

The new funding schemes will make sure leaseholders never pay a penny to fix dangerous cladding.

On non-cladding, we are clear that we have to make sure there is a proportionate approach – there are too many incentives currently to try to find new problems and declare buildings unsafe. We recognise there is a specific heightened safety risk with cladding which can accelerate fires. That is why our new plan to apply common sense is so important. If there are any remaining non-cladding costs, we want to support leaseholders across the board – they should not be bearing an unfair burden.

That is why:

· Developers will be expected to fix all fire defects in the buildings they built

· We will work with MPs and stakeholders on statutory protections for leaseholders; and

· We are working across government to ensure leaseholders will be protected against eviction for any fire safety defect costs.

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