Yorkshire Post - Property

Response to Grenfell scandal criticised


Too many leaseholde­rs will fall through the cracks of the Government’s “piecemeal measures” to protect leaseholde­rs from the costs of building safety remediatio­n, according to a report by the cross-party Levelling

Up, Housing and Communitie­s Committee.

Its Building Safety: Remediatio­n and Funding report is in response to Housing Secretary Michael Gove’s plans to tackle the desperate situation that has seen leasehold flat owners in buildings blighted by the cladding and building safety scandal face enormous bills for fixing issues they didn’t cause in buildings they don’t own.

The report includes calls to: Scrap the proposed cap on noncladdin­g costs for leaseholde­rs; implement a building safety fund to cover the costs of remediatin­g all building safety defects on any buildings of any height where the original “polluter” cannot be traced; compensate leaseholde­rs for costs already paid out, including interim measures and rises in insurance premiums; require all relevant parties who played a role in the building safety crisis to help fund remediatio­n; ensure the Affordable Homes Programme is protected at its current level and that social housing tenants do not pay the price through costs or diversion of funds away from maintainin­g their homes or other vital services .

Clive Betts, Chair of the Levelling Up, Housing and Communitie­s Committee, said: “Leaseholde­rs should not be paying a penny to rectify faults not of their doing in order to make their homes safe. Nearly five years after the tragic Grenfell fire, it is shameful this situation is yet to be properly resolved. While we welcome Michael Gove’s commitment to fixing these issues, we are concerned there are gaps in the proposals which risk leaving leaseholde­rs to pick up the bill.”

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