Only Rydon Homes and Abbey Developments are still to sign

Dandara is the latest homebuilder to sign a government contract committing to remediating unsafe buildings, leaving just two firms still holding out.

“We are pleased to confirm that having signed the Developers Pledge Letter earlier this year, we have also now signed the Developer Remediation contract,” a spokesperson for Dandara said in a statement.

“Dandara has appointed several partners to undertake the initial surveys, which will be used to inform the remediation works and support in the creation a reparation timeline that can be completed with minimal disruption to residents.”

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) confirmed Dandara had joined the contract signatories at 12:43pm on 26 June 2023.

To date, 49 developers have signed the contract which is designed to bring legal force to a pledge developers signed up to last year to repair all fire safety-affected blocks going back 30 years at their own expense.

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The government wrote to major housebuilders and other large developers on 30 January 2023 asking them to sign the developer remediation contract by 13 March 2023.

Housing secretary Michael Gove named the 11 who had not yet signed in the House of Commons on 14 March, effectively threatening to put them out of business unless they committed. 

Of those 11 who didn’t initially sign up, just two - Abbey Developments and Rydon Homes - have still not committed

Rydon Homes, a sister company of Grenfell contractor Rydon Maintenance, is still the only firm that has so far signalled its intention not to commit to the document. 

The Dandara spokesperson added: “Throughout the remediation process, Dandara will continue to work closely with the DLUHC, freeholders, leaseholders, contractors, consultants and management companies to ensure all work is delivered to a high standard and in line with the developer remediation contract.”