Leaseholder service launched to track cladding remediation

The government has launched a service allowing leaseholders living in tower blocks to track the progress of cladding remediation.

The majority of building owners have applied for the £5.1 billion Building Safety Fund, though some are yet to come forward.

The service has been unveiled with the remit of speeding up remediation and improving transparency.

The government pledged for leaseholders to be able to see which owners have yet to take action, therefore holding building owners to account.

Lord Greenhalgh, minister of state for building safety and fire, said: “It is unacceptable that four years after the Grenfell tragedy innocent leaseholders are still living in buildings with unsafe cladding.

“Building owners are responsible for making their building’s safe, and we will no longer allow them to shirk from their duties and hide behind processes and corporate loopholes.”

“Everyone – including leaseholders – has a right to know what is happening with their building and to live safely. The launch is a key step in providing them with both the service and the peace of mind that they deserve.”

As it stands it’s unclear whether buy-to-let landlords are being excluded from having to pay for cladding remediation, given that Housing Secretary Michael Gove specified that leaseholders “living in their properties” would be except.

The National Residential Landlords Association has publicly questioned the government on the issue.

NRLA questions landlords’ exclusion from cladding help

Meanwhile Timothy Douglas, policy and campaigns manager for Propertymark, said: “The principle that leaseholders must not be expected to pay to fix a cladding crisis that they did not cause lies at the heart of the UK Government’s plans to address the issue, but there is no logical basis on which buy-to-let landlords should be excluded from this.

“Buy-to-let landlords are no more to blame and deserve justice just as much as any other leaseholder to ensure they are not penalised for simply being landlords.

“The ball has been put firmly and very publicly in the court of those responsible, but there are still more details that need to be clarified to restore full confidence in this area of the market.

“Propertymark welcomes efforts by the UK Government to bring an end to this issue that has left many people unable to re-mortgage, sell or rent out these homes, so it’s vital that private rented sector landlords are included in the support.”

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