To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government of 16 May 2018, Official Report, column 399,what discussions he has had with Abacus Land 4 Ltd, the freeholder at Heysmoor Heights in Liverpool, in relation to funding cladding removal; and if he will make a statement.
2 July 2018
I spoke with Richard Silva, the Chief Executive of Long Harbour which administer Abacus Land 4 Ltd, on 23 May. Mr Silva informed me that Abacus Land 4 Ltd is owned by pension fund holders. I affirmed the Government's position that leaseholders should not have to pay for the removal and replacement of unsafe aluminium composite material cladding in the Heysmoor Heights building.
We expect building owners in the private sector to explore all options to protect leaseholders from incurring the costs associated with replacing unsafe cladding. The Secretary of State recently held roundtables with leaseholders to understand their concerns and with industry to discuss the barriers to remediation and potential solutions. We are considering the proposals made and have not ruled out any options.