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Developer Levy Exemption called for | BUILDING MAGAZINE

Developer Levy Exemption called for

There is a strong belief that tenants should be afforded the same protection as private leaseholders from the financial burden of the building safety scandal.

The remediation of social housing should be treated in the same way and on the same terms as private housing, according to the Local Government Association.

The ‘levelling up’ secretary, Michael Gove made known that 35 housebuilders had agreed to commit at least £2bn between them to fix buildings over 11 metres high that they had put up over the past 30 years. Private homeowners of leasehold flats will no longer be liable for the cost of these repairs.

Housing spokesperson at the Local Government Association said: “It is pleasing that at last the government has listened to calls the LGA have made to protect leaseholders from the cost of two decades of industry failure”.

“We do, however, ask the government to provide the same protection to council tenants and council taxpayers as has been afforded to homeowners, by exempting councils from the developer levy and funding the remediation of social housing on the same basis as private housing”.