Wednesday 21 April 2021 / 9:28 AM Sarah Jones

Lords pass amendment to protect leaseholders from ruinous fire safety costs

The Fire Safety Bill returned to the Lords yesterday (Tuesday) for consideration of Commons Reasons.

The House of Lords voted to support an amendment that would put protections for leaseholders into law, which was tabled by the non-affiliated Peer, the Bishop of St Albans.

The amendment gives leaseholders a guarantee that building owners cannot pass on the costs of any remedial work in the time before the Government brings forward its promised legislation.

The Labour Party has led calls to secure further protections for leaseholders, to prevent costs on fire safety remediation costs being passed on.

Despite the Government deciding to vote against this amendment, it managed to pass in the Lords thanks to cross-party backing.

Commenting, Sarah Jones MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Policing and Fire, said:

“I am grateful to the Lords for voting to protect leaseholders from being forced to pay huge sums for fire safety repairs.

“Each time that we vote on these amendments, the hopes of leaseholders across the country are raised, but we will not stop pushing the Government to act.

“The vote provides the Government with yet another opportunity to do the right thing when the Bill returns to the Commons. If the Government decide not to, they will again betray leaseholders up and down the country.”