​Gove’s cladding remediation fund: what are the rights of housebuilders now?

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Construction lawyer Martha Mordecai explains where Gove’s proposed cladding fund legislation leaves housebuilders legally

Five years on from the Grenfell Disaster, dangerous cladding which cannot be made safe through interim alternative measures is still a deeply unsavoury situation. Michael Gove was prompted to issue a clarion cry in a letter to developers to contribute to a £4bn remedial fund as well us undertaking works to the buildings they “have played a role in developing” to reduce the exposure of that fund.

That was almost six weeks ago. The government has since issued a further statement of intent, unveiling its amendments to the Safety Bill and claiming that it will force developers to remove cladding to protect leaseholders from incurring remediation costs.

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