This afternoon’s news that the Government will be meeting the cost of cladding replacement on 150 privately owned high rise blocks will be very welcome to leaseholders.
Whilst councils and housing associations have generally committed to carry out such works at no cost to residents, some private freeholders have been seeking to recover the cost of cladding replacement via service charges.
The next challenge, however, will be to ensure that there is capacity to carry out these works as quickly as possible.
The commitment doesn’t extend, at present, to other health and safety improvements. Ensuring the safety of residents is paramount and health and safety should be at the centre of investment programmes for housing providers.
The £200m bill to replace Grenfell Tower-type cladding on about 150 private high-rise blocks in England is to be met by the government.