New offer for landlords to be treated equally in claddi…


A final offer is underway to include all homeowners’ properties in the financial assistance program to remove hazardous coatings.

Current government plans mean that individual landlords who are leaseholders letting more than one property will be excluded from proposals committing that no tenant in a building over 11 meters in height will have to pay for the removal of the hazardous coating.

However, an amendment tabled to the Building Safety Bill by Tory peer Lord Naseby will mean, if passed, that all tenants are treated equally.

The development follows a parliamentary motion tabled by Tory MP Sir Peter Bottomley which calls for buy-in to treat landlords and owner-occupied tenants alike.

Under current government plans, there would be delays in repair work if some tenants – large landlords, for example – had to pay to have their own work done.

The National Residential Landlords Association has campaigned to end the damaging decision to treat leaseholders differently and welcomes these Naseby amendments.

NRLA chief executive Ben Beadle said: “We warmly welcome Lord Naseby’s amendment and call on our peers to support his proposal.

“It makes no sense that the government treats landlords so differently from owner-occupiers. Both groups faced the same issues from developers and should therefore be treated equally. This amendment would go a long way to correcting this injustice.

The peers will begin reviewing and debating amendments to the Building Safety Bill at committee stage today.

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