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Of HHSRS and Hiatuses


A couple of things…

MHCLG have issued an “Addendum for the profile for the hazard of fire and in relation to cladding systems on high rise residential buildings” to the operating guidance to the HHSRS in relation to ACM cladding. The aim is:

to provide guidance on the assessment of high-rise residential buildings with unsafe cladding. It supplements the Hazard Profile for Fire as given in the HHSRS Operating Guidance 

The concern was that HHSRS assessments had focussed on individual dwellings rather than common parts and exterior of the buildings. (This may have been true in practice, but I am not sure that it is true of the HHSRS or Housing Act 2004). The stated purpose is to give councils confidence in taking enforcement steps against buildings that have still not had ACM cladding removed, including the ability to carry out works and recharge the owner. (This may, of course, still result in charges to the leaseholders. That mess is ongoing). 

Meanwhile, Nearly Legal will be going on a bit of a hiatus.

I’ve got about a third of a book to write for January, and the usual case load, so something’s got to give. Unless something incredibly important happens, I won’t be doing any NL posts for the next couple of months, and won’t be putting up job ads either.

The book is a very necessary and useful thing (and I’ve signed a contract), so for the next few months, that will come first…


Giles Peaker is a solicitor and partner in the Housing and Public Law team at Anthony Gold Solicitors in South London. You can find him on Linkedin and on Twitter. Known as NL round these parts.


  1. alan

    and where is a local authority going to find the Capital Funds to pay for such work in default.

    • Giles Peaker

      It appears the Govt will loan them the money.

  2. Paul

    I’ll miss your posts, Giles. Look forward to having you back already.

  3. Paul

    What’s the book? Good luck and I’ll keep a look out for it. Hope to be reading these again soon…


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