World Construction Today – Revisions to the fire safety promise contracts are nearly complete, according to the Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities (DLUHC), which anticipates housebuilders signing them very shortly.
In all, 48 developers agreed to repair life-critical fire safety flaws on their own blocks that date back 30 years by signing Michael Gove’s developer pledge earlier this year. Individual housebuilders have committed more than £2 billion as part of the promise.
Due to worries that the phrasing would expose them to payments for repairs that go beyond life-critical problems, housebuilders declined to sign the initial contracts that gave legal substance to the guarantee in August. They were also concerned that the text would permit DLUHC to later revisit the settlement. In light of ongoing negotiations between DLUHC’s attorneys and the Home Builders Federation, the contract’s language has now been revised to enable housebuilders to feel at ease signing it.
As Gove rejoined the department this week, DLUHC stated that it anticipates housebuilders will sign the revised agreement quickly. According to a spokesman, they are finalising the enforceable contracts that builders will sign to modify their unsafe structures and anticipate that they will do so very soon. They won’t tolerate any reneging on their demands.
It is the legal responsibility of building owners to guarantee that every building is safe, and therefore, they expect builders and property owners to work quickly to remedy any hazardous buildings so that people may feel safe in their homes.
They continue to work productively to agree to a contract that matches the commitments outlined in the pledge, a representative for the Home Builders Federation said.
Michael Gove’s description of housebuilders as a cartel caused a rift in the HBF and his friendship early this year, and HBF executive chair Stewart Baseley responded by calling the remarks unfounded and worrying.
Additionally, Gove has threatened to halt housebuilders from doing business if they don’t make payments for fire safety flaws. He pushed through changes to the Building Safety Act that gave ministers the authority to stop businesses from developing plans for any purpose linked to guaranteeing the safety of people, even if they have planning clearance.