NEWS AND CAMPAIGNS

Safety checks on high rise residential blocks

The NLA and UKALA have been contacted by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) in relation to the work the Government is undertaking following the tragic events of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Although it is unlikely that private residential landlords and agents will be directly connected with the ownership or block management of similar residential blocks, the DCLG has issued some information on checks to undertake where owners and managers are concerned about the safety of external cladding attached to high rise buildings.

In summary, the DCLG are offering:

  • Private landlords of residential buildings have an opportunity to test cladding on blocks over 18 metres high through arrangements put in place with the Building Research Establishment (BRE).
  • The costs of these checks will be paid for by DCLG. The information will be available from DCLG from BRE.
  • Where owners consider that they may have concerns about the cladding on buildings over 18 metres high, they should follow the process in the letter attached.

DCLG have also provided an email address for any enquiries:
PRShousingchecks@communities.gsi.gov.uk

For further information, please refer to the letter below from Melanie Dawes, DCLG Permanent Secretary which provides additional information on what to look for and any relevant risks. Those wishing to undertake checks should use the data form attached below.