Ryan Didcock and Sarah Heatley write for the Property Law Journal on the cladding crisis
The article, entitled 'The cladding crisis: Time is of the essence' explores the practical steps leaseholders and building owners should take if fire safety defects are identified in a residential high-rise building.
The fire at New Providence Wharf in May 2021, only days after the government’s enactment of the Fire Safety Act 2021, was a shocking reminder – if one was needed – that the cladding crisis is far from over, and that millions of lives across the country remain at risk due to fundamental fire safety defects in residential buildings. Perhaps the most significant issue to have affected the UK housing industry in a generation, it is only now that the implications are being fully realised by the property industry and the general public.
There has been extensive commentary from experts on the financial, legal and regulatory implications of the cladding crisis; yet frequently it is the practical steps for those directly affected which are overlooked and which are most immediately useful as properties remain to be remediated.
This article first appeared in issue #338 of the Property Law Journal, published by Legalease Ltd and is also available at lawjournals.co.uk..