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Lord Lytton addresses the House of Lords

The case for consumer protection for building safety defects (fire safety and structural) as well as against leasehold abuse is made by the Earl of Lytton to the House of Lords at the Second Reading of the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill, Wed 27 March, 2024.

Amendments coming soon to the House of Lords for Grand Committee.

Consumer Protection for flats needed in 2024

Former parliamentary counsel Daniel Greenberg CB drafted the Polluter Pays clauses of the Earl of Lytton’s consumer protection legislation, before he took on his new role as current Parliamentary Standards Commissioner. The scheme is also backed by Grenfell inquiry construction lawyer David Sawtell as well as many other experts and organisations.

In 2021, Daniel describes at a conference in parliament, how effective the scheme will be at making builders and lead developers pay for Building Safety defects without the need of taking them to court.

The scheme clauses referred to in the video below are available here: https://bills.parliament.uk/publications/52302/documents/3823

The scheme delivers the following badly needed remedies to the flawed Building Safety Act and is urgently needed in 2024:

1. Protects the 1.7 million excluded leaseholders with remediation costs funded by the construction industry.

2. Removes the 3 tiers of ‘protection’ status (needlessly introduced by the Building Safety Act) blighting the UK flat market and causing conveyancers to reject this work due to lack of insurance cover.

3. Ensures the construction industry is the backstop for remediation costs, as many of the landlords are thinly capitalised so making them the backstop could result in many qualifying leaseholders being left in legal limbo due to freeholder insolvency. Freeholder insolvency is increasingly likely in 2024 as indicated in the government’s own impact assessment on ground rent caps.

4. Ensures that the rotten culture in construction ends with permanent joint and several liability on the developer or lead contractor or their parent companies. True consumer protection for blocks of flats. No need to take a party to court to get justice.

5. Removes the risk of more expensive mortgages due to extra capital being required under the new Basel 3.1 standards for dealing with permanently impaired mortgage securities blighted by building safety defects with no complete route to funding.

Over 62,000 people demand Earl of Lytton’s Scheme to become law

Over 62,000 people are now calling for consumer protection for blocks of flats (without the need to go to court) with the Earl of Lytton’s buildingsafetyscheme.org legislation.

With the Building Safety Act, 2022 freeholder leaseholder protections back stop now at serious risk of freeholder insolvencies with recent legislative proposals, even qualifying leaseholders could find a lack of funding available to cover ruinous remediation costs. Then of course there is the 1.7 million unqualified leaseholders who are still at risk. All because the government hasn’t got enough money.

Please sign the petition here : https://www.change.org/p/protect-innocent-homeowners-hold-property-developers-to-account-for-dangerous-cladding

All leaseholders can be protected from historic building safety remediation costs with this legislation and it doesn’t ask for a tax payer bailout.

Barton House, Bristol – Yet another evacuation due to building defects

A tower block in Bristol is being evacuated after a structural issue was discovered today (Nov 14, 2023).

The only way out of this crisis is the Earl of Lytton’s Building Safety Scheme to make those responsible for building defective blocks of flats (that cause evacuations) permanently liable without the need for homeowners to take them to court.

Consumer protection legislation for blocks of flats is needed as a matter of urgency in the UK. The Earl’s amendment is coming back to the House of Lords in due course.

Full Article on the evacuation in Bristol below: https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/live-bristol-city-council-meeting-8906918

This adds to our large list of evacuations due to dangerous building below – it’s time for a fully comprehensive solution in law to ensure dangerous building due to value engineering ends.

Deepa Mistry speaks at Vision Construct

We were thrilled Deepa Mistry, one of the key team members of the Earl of Lytton’s consumer protection amendment team and CEO of the Building Safety Crisis organisation opened the #VisionConstruct2023 conference earlier last week and gave the keynote address for Day 1 at Wembley Stadium

Deepa candidly and personally explains the serious challenges the Building Safety Crisis presents on the human level to all caught up in the crisis and the need for the Earl of Lytton’s consumer protection amendment for blocks of flats.

You can view her powerful keynote here (skip forward to start at 7mins and 34seconds): https://www.youtube.com/live/HJrNDwCcR5c

Over 50,000 people now calling for Earl’s Scheme

Over 50,000 people have signed a petition in just 25 days calling for the Earl of Lytton’s Building Safety Scheme Amendment to protect every leaseholder in the country.

SIGN HERE https://www.change.org/p/protect-innocent-homeowners-hold-property-developers-to-account-for-dangerous-cladding

The survey has even attracted the attention of a former state premier of Victoria, Australia and former co-chair of their Cladding Task force, who describes the Earl’s scheme as a global precedent for reform.

We appeal to the government to implement the Building Safety Remediation Scheme urgently. To protect the 1.7 million innocent flat owners currently excluded by the Building Safety Act.

The petition has also been featured in Today’s Conveyancer calling on the UK to sign:

British Safety Council Article

The Earl of Lytton explains to the British Safety Council why his amendment is urgently needed:

1. Protect the 1.7 million excluded leaseholders with remediation costs funded by the construction industry.
2. Remove the 3 tiers of ‘protection’ status (needlessly introduced by the Building Safety Act) blighting the UK flat market and causing conveyancers to reject this work due to lack of insurance cover.
3. Ensure the construction industry is the backstop for remediation costs, as many of the landlords are thinly capitalised so making them the backstop could result in many qualifying leaseholders being left in legal limbo due to freeholder insolvency.
4. Ensure that the rotten culture in construction ends with permanent joint and several liability on the developer or lead contractor or their parent companies.

Read the full article below:

Article : https://www.britsafe.org/publications/safety-management-magazine/safety-management-magazine/2023/why-im-backing-a-new-building-safety-remediation-scheme/