UK developers told they must foot bill for unsafe cladding

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The British government says property developers must bear the cost of removing the dangerous cladding, which has put many apartment buildings at risk of fire, and thousands of residents are facing hefty bills to make their homes safer Is.

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LONDON – The British government told property developers on Monday that they must bear the cost of removing the dangerous cladding, which poses a risk of fire, and has left thousands of residents facing hefty bills to make their homes safer.

The risk posed by certain types of aluminum composite cladding was exposed when a fire at London’s high-rise Grenfell Tower in June 2017 killed 72 people in Britain’s deadliest domestic explosion since World War II.

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Investigators found that the flammable cover helped the fire, which started in an apartment kitchen, spiral out of control.

Safety regulations brought in since then have required the removal of similar hazardous cladding, but some apartment buildings have not been worked out as to who should pay.

While high-rise buildings have been able to receive government funding to remove the cladding, low-rise dwellings have not.

Housing and Communities Secretary Michael Gove said by early March developers must come up with a plan to pay the estimated £4 billion ($5.4 billion) cost of fixing the cladding on low-rise buildings, or take legal action. and potentially a new tax to raise money.

Gove said the government would “use legal means and eventually, if necessary, use the tax system to ensure that those with deep pockets, who are responsible for the upkeep of these buildings, go to the lessees, rather than the lessees.” Let’s pay, individuals who in the past were being asked to pay with money they didn’t have for a problem they didn’t cause.”

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