Leasehold property ownership has long been a common way to own a home, especially in urban areas. However, many leaseholders face challenges and uncertainties when it comes to properties built using the Rapidly Applied Affordable Construction (RAAC) method. RAAC is a construction technique that was popular for its speed and cost-effectiveness but has since raised concerns due to issues related to building quality and safety. In this blog, we will discuss what leaseholders can do if their property was built using RAAC and what steps they can take to address potential issues.


Understanding RAAC Construction


RAAC construction is characterized by its rapid assembly of pre-fabricated components, often using lightweight materials. While this approach can deliver homes quickly and at a lower cost, it has also been associated with certain problems such as structural defects, inadequate insulation, and issues with fire safety.


Challenges for Leaseholders


Leaseholders of RAAC properties may face several challenges, including:


  1. Structural Concerns: RAAC properties may be more susceptible to structural issues, such as cracks in walls, due to the construction method. These issues can be costly to repair and may impact the property’s value.


  1. Fire Safety: Some RAAC properties have been found to have inadequate fire safety measures, which can pose significant risks to residents.


  1. Energy Efficiency: RAAC properties may not meet modern energy efficiency standards, resulting in higher energy bills for leaseholders.


  1. Warranty Issues: RAAC builders and developers may no longer be in business, making it difficult to claim on warranties for defects.


Steps for Leaseholders


If you are a leaseholder of an RAAC property, there are several steps you can take to address these challenges:


  1. Review Your Lease Agreement: Start by carefully reviewing your lease agreement to understand your rights and responsibilities as a leaseholder. Pay attention to any clauses related to maintenance and repairs.


  1. Join a Leaseholder Association: Consider joining or forming a leaseholder association with fellow residents. This can provide collective bargaining power and support in dealing with property-related issues.


  1. Seek Legal Advice: If you encounter structural defects, fire safety concerns, or other issues, consult one of our solicitors who specializes in property law. We can help you understand your legal options and potential claims against developers or builders.


  1. Engage with Local Authorities: Contact your local council and fire authority to report any concerns about fire safety or building quality. They may conduct inspections and take action if necessary.


  1. Energy Efficiency Improvements: Investigate energy-efficient upgrades that can improve the performance of your RAAC property. This may include better insulation, efficient heating systems, and double-glazed windows.


  1. Explore the Building Safety Act: Stay informed about developments in building safety legislation, such as the Building Safety Act. This legislation aims to improve building safety standards and may provide additional protections for leaseholders of RAAC properties.


  1. Consider Leasehold Reform: Keep an eye on proposed leasehold reform initiatives, which could change the legal framework for leasehold properties. These reforms may offer solutions for leaseholders facing RAAC-related challenges.




Leaseholders of RAAC properties face unique challenges related to building quality, safety, and energy efficiency. However, by understanding their rights, seeking legal advice, and engaging with local authorities and community organizations, leaseholders can take steps to address these issues. It is essential for leaseholders to stay informed about changes in legislation and actively advocate for their rights and the safety of their homes.


Please call us with any concerns you may have on 0161 850 9911.