Hundreds of Cambridge leaseholders living in apartments with cladding have been left disappointed after the controversial Fire Safety Bill was voted through Parliament. But local MP Daniel Zeichner has vowed that “the fight to fix the cladding scandal is not over.”
The Conservatives once again opposed an amendment to the Fire Safety Bill intended to protect leaseholders living in unsellable, hard to re-mortgage and potentially dangerous apartments, from bearing financial penalties.
Despite Ministers promising at least 17 times in the House of Commons that leaseholders would not be forced to pay to fix fire safety problems that were not their fault, the Government’s proposed solution would leave many leaseholders burdened with costs for years to come. This would affect hundreds of Cambridge residents who live in blocks of flats with cladding that are shorter than 18m, such as on the Kaleidoscope development.
Mr Zeichner said: “I am bitterly disappointed that the Government has passed the Fire Safety Bill with no protection for leaseholders, who are facing ruinous bills to fix dangerous cladding.
“While Boris Johnson can afford to spend tens of thousands on his flat refurbishment, he apparently cannot afford to help innocent leaseholders in homes with dangerous cladding.
Mr Zeichner is calling for The Queen’s Speech, in two weeks’ time, to contain a Building Safety Bill that protects leaseholders in law.