Threat to tenants over safety issues at tower

Construction firm O’Hare & McGovern is facing legal action over concerns about cladding and fire protection at the Obel Tower in Belfast. The multi-storey building’s original developers – now in liquidation – its current owners and management company are jointly seeking an order for specific performance against the main […] Click here to view original…

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Threat of prison for building owners sending wrongful cladding repair invoices

Cladding-hit flat owners have welcomed a possible 10-year prison sentence for building owners who send ‘threatening’ demands to cover the cost of remediation works. The announcement is part of wider measures introduced by Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove that apply to buildings 11 metres or five storeys and taller. […] Click here to view original…

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Fixing dangerous cladding in Scotland: funding the shortfall

With the Scottish Government recently confirming that it is significantly short of the funds required to remediate dangerous cladding in Scotland, we recap on remediation plans in England and Scotland five years after the Grenfell tower disaster. Five years on from Grenfell and there remains as many as 23 […] Click here to view original…

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Camden Council settles £130m Chalcots lawsuit for £19m

In 2019, Camden Council announced it was filing a £130m lawsuit over fire safety issues on the Chalcots estate. It has now settled for just £19m – Credit: Charles Thomson Camden Council is facing questions after settling a £130m lawsuit for £19m. The authority accepted an out-of-court payment from […] Click here to view original…

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Government’s building safety reforms come into force

Leaseholders will for the first time be legally protected from unfair bills to make their homes safe as measures in the Building Safety Act 2022 comes into force. Those responsible for historical safety defects, and those who own buildings, will instead be required to fund essential repairs. Some developers […] Click here to view original…

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Fire service found no issues at building where Elliot Lawless stripped 160 units

Elliot Lawless of Elliot Group The fire service have said they found ‘no significant issues’ at a city building where the developer stripped 160 units of furnishings. Developer Elliot Lawless , who bought the Paramount building in November 2019, recently told the ECHO that he oversaw the removal of […] Click here to view original…

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Prescot man charged with fraud over cladding safety forms

Image caption, The man is due at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on 3 August A man has been charged after an investigation into fraudulent cladding safety forms in Merseyside. The man, of Knowsley Lane in Prescot, was charged with fraud by false representation relating to 88 forms in 2020, Merseyside […] Click here to view original…

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