Gove’s cladding plans are ‘based on lazy and false assumptions’
By |Published On: 23rd February 2022|

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Gove’s cladding plans are ‘based on lazy and false assumptions’

By |Published On: 23rd February 2022|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

Government plans to end the cladding scandal are based on lazy and false assumptions that individual landlords are property tycoons, says the NRLA.

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has released this warning, following comments made by Housing Secretary Michael Gove to the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Select Committee.

Speaking to MPs on the Committee, the Secretary of State reiterated that private landlords who rent out more than one leasehold property will not be covered by the Government’s commitment that no leaseholder should have to pay to address dangerous cladding. He argued that this was because he did not want to support those who already had ‘significant means’ to pay for remedial action themselves. Mr Gove further admitted that the Government’s plans are not perfect.

The NRLA says his comments mean that whilst multi-millionaires owning and living in a single luxury penthouse would be covered by the Government’s plans, landlords renting out more than one property for a pension would not be.

According to the Government’s most recent English Private Landlord Survey, 94% of private landlords rent property as an individual. It also states that 44% became a landlord to contribute to their pension.

Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the NRLA, comments: “Michael Gove’s previous comments about ending the scandal of leaseholders paying to remove dangerous cladding now ring hollow.

“This is not about who does and does not have the means to pay. It is about fairness. No leaseholder, irrespective of how many properties they own, should be expected to foot the bill for dangerous and illegal cladding installed by someone else.”

“The Government needs to wake up to an injustice of its own making and make amends now.”

About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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