Many of the country’s largest housebuilders have now committed to and signed the developer remediation contract, committing them to fixing unsafe buildings they developed or refurbished.

39 developers had initially signed up when Secretary of State for the Department of Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (DLUHC), Michael Gove, made the announcement on Monday 14 March.

Since then, another nine have signed, taking the total to 48. Three developers deemed to be within scope have yet to sign the contract.

The Government believes this constitutes a ‘major step toward ending the building safety crisis, providing relief for the thousands of leaseholders and tenants whose homes are covered by the contract’.

The legally binding document commits signatories to fix unsafe buildings they developed or refurbished. The agreements are expected to raise at least £2 billion for the remediation costs.

Gove first announced his intentions to ensure developers paid for remediation costs in January 2022.

A year later on 30 January 2023, Gove gave developers a hard deadline of six weeks to sign the agreement, warning that companies who failed to sign may face restrictions on operating freely in the housing market.

A list of developers who have signed the contract can be found on the website.

As of 22 May, three developers have yet to sign the contract. These are:

  • Abbey Developments
  • Dandara
  • Rydon Homes

It has been pointed out by several commentators on social media that one of those who has yet to sign up to the contract is Rydon Homes. Rydon was a key contractor for the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower which took place from 2014.

“To those developers that have failed to sign… we are coming for you”

Following the contract deadline passing, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, said:“I have been clear all along – those that are responsible for this crisis must pay. So, I am grateful to those developers who have done the right thing today by signing this legally binding contract. “We will be monitoring their progress on remediation very closely, to ensure this work is completed urgently and safely. For those developers that have taken responsibility, today offers the chance for a reset, so we can get on and build more of the safe, decent and affordable homes we so desperately need. “To those developers that have failed to sign the contract without good reason, let me be very clear – we are coming after you. If you do not sign, you will not be able to operate freely in the housing market. Your investors will see that your business model is broken – only responsible developers are welcome here. “But today should not be about developers, or about government. Today is about innocent leaseholders. I want to put on record my apology to all leaseholders for the years of misery and hardship you have endured. You should never have been ignored, asked to pay and let down.“Today marks a turning point – and an important step towards resolving this crisis. There is so much more to do, but I will always act to protect leaseholders and end this injustice.”

What will signatories be required to do?

Signatories are required to fix all life-critical fire-safety defects in all English buildings over 11 metres they had a role in developing or refurbishing.

It also requires them to reimburse the taxpayer where government funds have already paid for remediation, with that money being used to make other buildings safe.

For developers who have signed, their obligations start immediately. Leaseholders will benefit from a common framework of rights and responsibilities that will get their buildings fixed without them having to pay, and developers will be required to inform residents in affected buildings how they will be meeting these commitments.

The Government will publish further information next week on how developers will be prohibited from carrying out major development or from receiving building control approval unless they sign and adhere to the contract, using Building Safety Act 2022 powers.

Regulations will establish the Responsible Actors Scheme and set out the criteria for eligibility and the conditions of membership. Eligible developers who do not sign the contract will not be able to join the Scheme and will be subject to the prohibitions.

The full developer remediation contract can be found here.

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