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High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 114960, tabled on 12 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking in relation to developers that have sold flats in high-rise private residential buildings that do not meet fire safety standards.

Answered on

19 November 2020

The Department has ongoing engagement with developers and building owners of private sector high-rise residential buildings with unsafe cladding. This has led to the remediation of over half of high-rise residential buildings with unsafe Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding being funded by the developer, freeholder or through warranty claims, without passing the costs onto leaseholders. Furthermore, the Private Sector ACM Remediation Fund and the Building Safety Fund for the remediation of buildings with unsafe non-ACM cladding both require applicants to demonstrate that they have taken all reasonable steps to recover the costs of replacing the unsafe cladding from those responsible through insurance claims, warranties or legal action.