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Building safety issues could cost flat owners billions

Leasehold flat owners caught in the cladding scandal could see up to £41bn wiped from the value of their home, research by StripeHomes reveals

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Research by Newcastle-based property developer, StripeHomes, has revealed how much leasehold flat owners could see wiped off the value of their home should they find they own one of the estimated 4.6million flats affected by ACM and other unsafe materials.

Last week, parliament voted against protecting them from post-Grenfell fire safety costs, a move that could cost individual leaseholders as much as £75,000, however, it’s thought the average cost will be £9,000.

That means the potential top line cost of this fire safety scandal could be as high as £41.250bn based on the average £9,000 cost incurred and the 4,583,333 homes impacted.

In addition, a cost of £9,000 to address these issues would wipe 4% off the value of the average leasehold flat, although those hit the hardest would see a maximum cost of £75,000 remove 33% from the value of their home.

The figures are based on analysis by StripeHomes which looked at the number of leasehold flats to have sold in the last year to find the average sold value in each region of England, before applying the potential price decrease of rectifying potential fire safety shortfalls.

Table shows the average sold price of leasehold flats in the last 12 months across each region of England and the percentage reduction in value based on the average and maximum cost of rectifying fire safety wrongdoings
Location Count – transactions Ave (median) price Impact of Average £9,000 Safety Issues (£) Impact of Average £9,000 Safety Issues (%) Impact of Max £75,000 Safety Issues (£) Impact of Max £75,000 Safety Issues (%)
NORTH EAST 1,870 £90,000 £81,000 -10.0% £15,000 -83.3%
EAST MIDLANDS 2,130 £119,000 £110,000 -7.6% £44,000 -63.0%
YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER 3,363 £120,000 £111,000 -7.5% £45,000 -62.5%
WEST MIDLANDS 4,231 £123,000 £114,000 -7.3% £48,000 -61.0%
NORTH WEST 5,927 £127,500 £118,500 -7.1% £52,500 -58.8%
SOUTH WEST 8,265 £173,000 £164,000 -5.2% £98,000 -43.4%
EAST OF ENGLAND 6,914 £195,000 £186,000 -4.6% £120,000 -38.5%
SOUTH EAST 14,242 £206,500 £197,500 -4.4% £131,500 -36.3%
LONDON 24,037 £435,000 £426,000 -2.1% £360,000 -17.2%
ENGLAND 70,979 £225,000 £216,000 -4.0% £150,000 -33.3%


This impact is greatest on flat owners in the North East where property prices are at their lowest, with the average cost of £9,000 removing 10% from the value of the average leasehold flat, climbing to as high as 83% should they be hit with the maximum cost of £75,000.

Leasehold flat owners in the East Midlands would also stand to lose the most footing the bill for poor fire safety standards, losing an average of 7.6% or potential as much as 63% for those worst hit.

In London, the far higher cost of property means that the smallest amount of value would be lost although those hit with the highest cost of £75,000 could still stand to see 17% wiped from the value of their home.

Managing Director of StripeHomes, James Forrester, commented: “The extent of the fire safety failings by many big housebuilders has been gobsmacking, to say the least, and now the lack of support from the government to those impacted really is the anti-cherry on the cake in what has to be one of the biggest scandals to ever hit the UK property market.

“Time after time we see hardworking homebuyers receive below par properties, from greedy developers, intent on cutting corners in order to maximise profits. A practice that has led to one of the most horrific and devastating events in recent times with many more still residing in unfit homes through no fault of their own.

“Now, if they wish to rectify this issue, they will have to do so out of their own pocket adding a significant chunk to the cost of their home. Failure to do so leaves them with an unmortgageable home and one they will be unable to sell anyway.”

May 6, 2021

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