Sunday 4 July 2021 / 10:55 AM Housing / Lucy Powell

Lucy Powell responds to Government announcement on homeowner rights around use of unsafe materials

Lucy Powell MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, responding to the announcement that homeowners will be given 15 years to sue developers for installing unsafe materials, said:

“This will bring little relief to homeowners trapped in unsellable, unmortgagable homes, as those already in the scope of the deadline have found barriers to mount legal action too high and costly, and outcomes ineffective.

“Rather than doing the bare minimum and washing their hands of the problem, the Government needs to establish a building works agency, to assess, fix, find and certify every building. Leaseholders should be legally protected from costs, and the agency should then take over the rights to pursue developers themselves, to ensure the polluter pays.”