Cladding - The open letter to the Chancellor

Posted Wednesday, February 26, 2020


Cladding

In 2019 the specialist teams within the Fexco Property Services group began the process of planning for what would undoubtedly be the biggest issue the property sector would have to face.

Now in 2020 we are not only prepared, with a robust cladding plan, but we have increased resources; our H&S team now includes a Project Manager dedicated to cladding, our legal team has expanded, and our in-house marketing and communications capabilities ensure we are pro-active in responding to residents' concerns.

We have also joined forces with other industry leaders, and are proud to be taking action to help the 1000s of homeowners across the UK having to deal with something they did not buy into.

The Open Letter

Dear Chancellor, 

We the undersigned represent homeowners, property managers and building owners across the United Kingdom. 

The Grenfell tragedy has uncovered one of the biggest safety crises in recent British history. Two and a half years on, people are still living in apartment buildings with dangerous cladding. Building safety policy, dating back decades and overseen by governments of all political colours, has failed in its totality. 

Building owners and property managers are stepping in to fix these buildings and ensure the safety of residents. But, where the costs are not recoverable from the original developer, or through an insurance claim, the burden is falling on those who live in these buildings. Why should homeowners pay the price for such a systemic failure? 

The Government deserves credit for funding Grenfell-style ACM cladding remediation, but the problem is much wider than this and that funding doesn’t go far enough. The list of unsafe materials and hidden safety defects that were never identified when these buildings were signed off, is growing by the day. 

This new government now has a golden opportunity to right the wrongs of the past and rescue the hundreds of thousands of worried and vulnerable residents across the country.  

 On behalf of homeowners, building owners, and property managers, we are urgently calling the Government to establish a multibillion-pound emergency fund and work with industry to unblock the process and ensure the safety of residents up and down the country for generations to come. 

Signed 

Resident groups and professional/trade bodies Property managers Freeholders and building owners
Association of Residential Managing Agents Fexco Property Services Consensus Business Group
British Property Federation (BPF) FirstPort Property Management Services Estates & Management
Federation of Private Residents Association (FoPRA) HML Group HomeGround Management
Institute of Residential Property Management Mainstay Group Long Harbour
Leasehold Knowledge Partnership Premier Estates Simarc Property Management
UK Cladding Action Group (UKCAG) Rendall and Rittner Wallace Partnership Group
  Residential Management Group  
  Scanlans Property Management  
  SDL Property Management  
  Trinity Estates

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