12 Oct 2022

Department for Levelling Up takes legal action in cladding safety scandal

BY John Gebbels  

The first step towards legal action has been taken by the Government in the cladding safety scandal. 

Grey GR Limited Partnership, the freeholder of a fifteen-storey tower block in Stevenage, has been given 21 days to commit to remediating fire safety defects or otherwise an application will be made to the courts.

John Gebbels of OXON Property Search, Oxfordshire based home and investment property search agents, has commented as below:

"Uncertainty over the financial responsibility for remedial safety works relating to cladding fire safety scandal has gone on for too long. Hopefully this case will set a clear precedent for where responsibility should fall in meeting the costs of safety measures.

We have heard numerous cases of sellers in apartment blocks with unresolved safety issues becoming unable to sell, not to mention the ongoing fire safety liability for existing residents and concerns over who will meet the costs of any required works. 

OXON Property Search have purchasing clients presently considering apartments in blocks where fire safety issues have been identified, but we are advising them not to proceed any further until the issues are resolved, or at the very least it becomes clear who the costs will fall to".  

For the full Property Eye article relating to the Stevenage case please follow the link below: