Consultation on New Residential Property Developer Tax

On 10 February 2021, the Government announced that it would introduce a new Residential Property Developer Tax as part of its Building Safety Package. The Government is now consulting on the design of that tax ahead of its inclusion in the 2021-22 Finance Bill. The consultation runs until 22 July 2021.

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HCLG Committee Questions Lord Greenhalgh on Forced Loans and Non-Cladding Costs

When Lord Greenhalgh (Minister for Building Safety) and Richard Goodman (Director-General for Building Safety at MHCLG) appeared before the HCLG Committee on 8th March, it was already 1,363 days since the Grenfell tragedy. Forty-five months. Almost four years. Yet there was still no sign of urgency in solving the building safety crisis for the thousands of leaseholders who remain trapped.

Leaseholders frequently tell us they have heard nothing since their building applied to the Building Safety Fund last summer. When asked why the pace of non-ACM remediation funding has been so slow (only £160m of the £1bn fund has been allocated so far), Lord Greenhalgh said the delays were due to applicants, as information is missing or insufficient in about half of all registrations.

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EOCS Gives Evidence to HCLG Committee on Cladding Loans and Non-cladding Costs

The Government recently announced a further £3.5bn of funding for cladding removal on high-rise buildings, new long-term cladding loans for leaseholders in mid-rise buildings, and nothing more than ‘caveat emptor’ for the remediation of other serious safety defects and interim safety measures.

The cross-party Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee scrutinises the work of MHCLG; Lord Greenhalgh appeared before the Committee on 8th March and we will report on that shortly, but first the Committee invited witnesses, including EOCS campaigner Will Martin, to share evidence:

• Dr Will Martin, affected leaseholder and co-founder of the UK Cladding Action Group
• Dr Dean Buckner, Trustee, Leasehold Knowledge Partnership
• Dr Nigel Glen, CEO, Association of Residential Managing Agents, which manages around 1.5m leaseholds
• The Lord Porter of Spalding CBE, Fire and Building Safety spokesman, Local Government Association
• Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation

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Government Fails to Protect Leaseholders in Vote on Fire Safety Bill

Once again, on Wednesday 24th February 2021, actions spoke louder than words as Conservative MPs voted against an amendment to the Fire Safety Bill that would have provided legal protections for leaseholders. The proposed amendment would have prohibited remediation costs from being passed to leaseholders, who currently face life-changing costs to remediate unsafe cladding and other fire safety defects. The final vote was 345 ayes to 226 noes.

Fire Safety Bill Voting
Fire Safety Bill: motion to disagree to Lords Amendment 2
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