From: “Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee” <email@example.com>
Date: 25 September 2020 at 10:25:01 BST
Subject: HCLG Committee: Evidence session with leaseholders and freeholders on draft Building Safety Bill
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
For immediate release
Evidence session with leaseholders and freeholders on draft Building Safety Bill
Monday 28 September, 4.00pm
The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee continues pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Building Safety Bill on Monday 28 September with an evidence session featuring representatives of Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, National Housing Federation, Association of Residential Managing Agents, Long Harbour and the Association of British Insurers.
The draft Building Safety Bill proposes a new regime and enforcement powers to ensure buildings are safe, but also clarify lines of responsibility for when issues arise. Three years on from the Grenfell disaster, many existing buildings are still facing a range of complications due to the presence of unsafe cladding, and other fire safety defects, or lack of documentation to demonstrate they are safe. The consequences for homeowners can include potential bills of thousands of pounds for remediation, unsellable or unmortgageable home and difficulties in insuring their properties.
In this evidence session the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee will take evidence from a range of stakeholders representing leaseholders, freeholders, housing associations and insurers on how well the draft legislation addresses building safety issues. This will include the implications of proposed Accountable Person and Building Safety Manager for individual buildings, as well as expectations placed on residents. It will also consider the effectiveness of establishing a Building Safety Charge to cover costs of safety works and wider implications for insuring buildings.
- Martin Boyd, Chair, Leasehold Knowledge Partnership
- Victoria Moffett, Head of Building Safety and Fire Programmes, National Housing Federation
- Nigel Glen, CEO, Association of Residential Managing Agents (ARMA)
- Rich Silva, Executive Director, Long Harbour
- James Dalton, Director of General Insurance Policy, Association of British Insurers (ABI)