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Do you manage any buildings which are over 18 metres high, or know any landlords who owns a blocks of flats? If so, DCLG need your urgent help to ensure the safety of residents throughout England.

As most of you will know, since the Grenfell tragedy in June, the Government are urgently trying to ascertain which buildings in England above 18 metre high have Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding.

Many owners of tower blocks have already provided samples for testing, but there are still significant gaps to plug and DCLG have asked us to help get the message out to owners and managing agents of tower blocks that use cladding.

Owners need to urgently take a sample of the cladding material and send in to the Government's programme so that combustability tests can be carried out. This will help DCLG build up an accurate database of tower blocks throughout England and take any necessary measures to arrange for unsafe cladding to be replaced or removed.

It's important to stress that it's free to send a cladding sample into BRE so that they can run it through their rigorous testing process, and confirm the type of cladding. 

Free panel sample testing is available through Building Research Establishment (BRE). 

For more background information, we've attached a copy of a letter that has been sent to all English Local Authorities about the privately owned residential buildings in their local area and the work to ascertain if they are above 18 meters and have ACM cladding.

Let your landlords know

Please make sure you inform your landlords and ask them to let DCLG know directly if they own or manage residential buildings above 18 meters. If you send regular newsletters to your landlords or can send to your mailing list, you can include a link to this web page. 

Your landlords can contact the team responsible for by emailing housingchecks@communities.gsi.gov.uk with details about their buildings.

N.B: Given the importance of this issue they may share any information you provide with the local authority in which the building is located given their statutory duty to keep local housing conditions under review.

More info

For the most up to date information, please visit the Building Safety web pages on the Government website, where you can also sign up to their regular newsletter so that you are kept informed of any changes. 

You can also provide evidence to Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review into building regulations. 

The closing date for contributions is 13 October and contributions can be sent to BuildingRegulationsandFireSafetyReview@communities.gsi.gov.uk.

Help from ARLA Propertymark

ARLA Propertymark Members can download a variety of fact sheets covering safety from the members' area on the website, and you can also order our consumer facing leaflet Making Homes Safe from the online shop