The National Residential Landlords Association has written to the government asking why landlords are seemingly being excluded from getting help with cladding remediation.
Housing secretary Michael Gove previously said developers and those who missold dangerous building products would have to pay to fix flammable cladding issues in buildings between 11 and 18 metres, which could cost as much as £4bn.
However while he committed to ensuring that owner occupiers won’t have to pay for cladding removal, landlords seem to be something of an afterthought.
Gove has said that “support is directed firstly at those leaseholders living in their own homes”.
The National Residential Landlords Association responded to this latest twist by questioning why landlords are being singled out.
Ben Beadle, its chief executive, wrote: “We are concerned as to why the Government is so reluctant at present to commit to landlords, who are leaseholders, receiving the same support as owner-occupiers. Both groups have faced the same problems, and both should be treated equally. We are calling on the Government to rectify this problem as a matter of urgency.
“More broadly, it would be unnecessarily complicated to single out individual landlords as many, if not most, of those affected will be in mixed use buildings and will have had no involvement with the developer. All of this could, as a result, slow down the important work of taking remedial action against dangerous cladding.
“We question also how this situation would be fair to accidental landlords who were forced to rent out their properties because they could not sell due to cladding uncertainties.”
In the letter Beadle quoted a YouGov poll for the NRLA, showing that landlords aren’t necessarily that wealthy.
Nearly half (45%) only rent out one property, while 70% sit in the basic rate taxpayer bracket.
The cladding scandal has dogged the government since the Grenfell Tower fire of June 2017.