Our response to building safety announcement

 

13 January 2022

Our response following the announcement made by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities about building safety on Monday (10 January): 

We welcome the announcement that government will do more to hold accountable the developers, contractors and manufacturers who’ve contributed to the building safety crisis. Optivo has been working hard to protect our leaseholders by pursuing developers and other third parties for costs. We hope the government’s new measures will expedite these efforts. 

We also welcome the commitment to securing additional funding to help protect leaseholders from cladding remediation costs. But fire safety goes beyond cladding, so we support calls from the G15 for a comprehensive solution to protect leaseholders in all buildings from the full range of potential costs. 

We’ll be reviewing our fire risk assessments against the government’s new fire safety guidance advice and imminent legislation. Our approach to fire safety will remain proportionate and we’ll only carry out works where they’re required.

Once our teams have been able to review the details behind these announcements, we’ll update affected leaseholders about what the new measures mean for their building. 

Keeping our residents safe in their building remains our number one priority.