Communities Secretary Contacts Property Owners Over Cladding Requirements

Property owners across the UK have been contacted and told to remove unsafe cladding from their buildings or face enforcement action.

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has contacted approximately 60 landlords, building owners and property developers discussing the steps they need to take in order to avoid fines. Brokenshire is reaching out following a crackdown on aluminum composite material (ACM) cladding after the tragic Grenfell Tower fire.

Lendlease, Pemberstone, Paddington Development Corporation and GLA Land & Property are just some of the firms that have been contacted, according to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Companies are likely to face financial penalties as well as restriction of access to other government schemes if they do not comply.

Building owners have been collaborating with fire safety experts to put in place interim safety measures which ensure that the residents of affected properties are safe until cladding replacement is complete.

Mr Brokenshire said: ‘There is a moral imperative for private sector landlords to do the right thing and remove unsafe cladding quickly, and not leave leaseholders to cover the cost. A number of leading developers have stepped up to the mark and agreed to pay for work, and we urge others to follow their lead. If they don’t, we have not ruled anything out. I am also warning those who are not acting quickly enough to put in plans to remove dangerous cladding to take action now, or face enforcement action from their council.’

Mr Brokenshire also praised building owners and developers such as Barratt Developments, Mace Group, Legal & General and Taylor Wimpey, who have agreed to cover all costs of the work. Figures have shown that around 293 private sector residential buildings have been identified as having ACM cladding systems unlikely to meet the current regulation requirements, proving that there is still a long way to go.

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