クラッディング修理の請求書を送る建物の所有者に対する刑務所の脅威

‘Up to 10 刑務所での年’ for building owners sending new invoices to flat owners for cladding repairs after new law comes into force

  • New law to protect leaseholders from cladding costs has come into force
  • Owners of buildings with fire safety defeats can no longer invoice flat owners
  • Law applies to buildings that are 11 metres or five storeys and taller
  • Cladding-hit flat owners have welcomed a possible 10-year prison sentence for building owners who send ‘threateningdemands to cover the cost of remediation works.

    The announcement is part of wider measures introduced by Levelling Up Secretary マイケルゴーブ that apply to buildings 11 metres or five storeys and taller.

    They include a new law that has come into force this week, which sees building owners being held responsible for the costs of repairing dangerous buildings following the Grenfell fire.

    Mr Gove has sent building owners a letter reminding them that they are ‘financially liableand that anyone who breaches the new law will be ‘committing a criminal offence’, facing ‘up to 10 years in prison’.

    A new law has come into force that provides protections to cladding-hit leaseholders

    A new law has come into force that provides protections to cladding-hit leaseholders

    Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove has sent building owners a letter reminding them that they are 'financially liable' for remediation works on affected properties

    Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove has sent building owners a letter reminding them that they are ‘financially liablefor remediation works on affected properties

    Before the Building Safety Act 2022 came into force, leaseholders could be held liable for the remediation works.

    Some leaseholders were receiving invoices for remediation works that ran into hundreds of thousands of pounds.

    だが in his letter, マイケルゴーブ 前記: ‘Those days are now over and the Act means qualifying leaseholder can thankfully dispose of these invoices.

    ‘We are now five years on from the Grenfell tragedy and we should all want to fix dangerous buildings as soon as possible’.

    Leaseholders welcomed the changes, following years of campaigning about the financial and mental health toll of the cladding scandal.

    Sophie Bitchener was sent a service charge in August last year with the cost of the remediation works of £209,122.47.

    She bought her flat in Hertfordshire in 2017 for just above that amount, at £230,000.

    She says the remediation costs are still listed in her service charge demand and she is requesting that it is removed.

    そして Steph Pike, who bought a cladding-hit flat in Bristol, 前記: ‘I hope the new law will mark the beginning of the end of the building safety crisis. It represents huge progress from this time last year and the change in tone from the Government is particularly encouraging.

    ‘For me personally, it feels like a huge weight has been lifted. がある, しかしながら, many leaseholders who do not benefit from these new protections and therefore more work to be done. The Government must also ensure that it continues to pressure the industry to ensure that buildings are actually made safe.

    There are still concerns, しかしながら, among campaigners that unsafe buildings could be left unfixed and that the costs are passed onperhaps at a later date through higher service charge bills.

    Liam Spender, of Velitor Law, 前記: ‘The key to all of this is that landlord and tenant law is only as good as what the landlord thinks it means, because the landlords already have your moneyand they can forfeit your flat unless you keep paying.

    合計で, 45 of the country's biggest homebuilders have agreed so far to fix fire-safety defects on their buildings that are 11 metres or taller

    合計で, 45 of the country’s biggest homebuilders have agreed so far to fix fire-safety defects on their buildings that are 11 metres or taller

    これまでのところ, 45 of the country’s biggest homebuilders have agreed to fix life-critical fire-safety defects on all buildings that are 11 metres or tallerwhich they have played a role in developing or refurbishing in the last 30 年.

    The Building Safety Act 2022 came into force on June 28 and it includes powers for the Secretary of State to restrict ‘irresponsible developersability to build new homes.

    Following the introduction of the new law, Mr Gove said: ‘Hundreds of thousands of innocent leaseholders now have the legal protection they rightly deserve, freeing them from a financial burden they should never have faced.

    ‘I’m pleased that most of the largest developers have agreed to play their part in solving this.

    ‘But there is more to dowe are focusing intensively on work with lenders to unlock the mortgage market and empower leaseholders to take their next step on the property ladder, and we will remain vigilant if anyone fails to act on the pledges they have made.

    What protection does the new law provide?

    The Building Safety Act 2022 means qualifying leaseholders living in buildings above 11 metres tall or with at least five storeys are legally protected from extortionate building safety costs.

    Qualifying leaseholdersthose living in their own homes, or with up to three UK properties in totalwill be protected, 略さずに, from the costs associated with the remediation of unsafe cladding.

    They will also have robust and far-reaching protections from the costs associated with non-cladding defects, including interim measures like waking watches.

    It will be illegal for freeholders to pass on the cost of historical building repair works or the removal of cladding to any of their leaseholders, including non-qualifying leaseholders, if they are or are linked to the building’s developer.

    It will be illegal for freeholders to pass on any historical building safety costs to qualifying leaseholders.

    Where a developer cannot be held responsible and the building owner is not required to meet the costs in full, leaseholders with non-cladding related issues will also be protected by a cap on how much they can pay for these costs. The cap will only apply to non-cladding related work for those whose property is valued at more than £325,000 (ロンドン) and £175,000 outside London (owners of properties below this ceiling will pay nothing).

    Where leaseholders have bought through shared ownership, their cap will reflect their share of ownership in the property.

    Any costs that are not recoverable from leaseholders will need to be met by building owners and landlords.

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