High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

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

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Photo of Daisy Cooper Daisy Cooper Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health and Social Care), Deputy Leader, Liberal Democrats

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2022 to Question 101844 on Buildings: Fire Prevention, notwithstanding the commitment that no leaseholder should lose their home as a result of forfeiture or eviction in building safety cases, if he will make it his policy to introduce a moratorium on all enforcement and recovery action relating to non-payment of a demand for payment by a leaseholder for their share of fire safety remediation.

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

Building owners and industry should make buildings safe without passing on costs to leaseholders, and leaseholders living in their own medium and high-rise buildings should not pay a penny to remediate historic cladding defects that are no fault of their own.

We think it is wrong that some leaseholders are being threatened by their building owner with forfeiture of their lease and possible eviction for non-payment of historic cladding remediation costs.

We are working across government to protect leaseholders from the threat of forfeiture arising from non-payment of historic building safety remediation costs until the wider protections offered by the Bill are in place.

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