UK: Tower block residents with Grenfell-style cladding fight £2m replacement fee

Residents of a privately-owned London high-rise, with similar cladding to the Grenfell Tower, may still be forced to pay for the replacement of the flammable cladding, they learned in London tribunal on Tuesday. The leaseholders of the Citiscape block in Croydon face a bill of £2 million (€2.25 million; $2.79 million) to replace the panels. It is one of over 200 buildings which failed fire... Еще safety tests in the wake of Grenfell. The property managers were advised that the cladding should be replaced, with the proposal to pay for the changes to the building through service charges. However, the costs are estimated to be around £30,000 (€33,790) per household, a figure that does not factor in legal charges or the cost of employing fire marshals. Richard Low-Foon, who was at the tribunal to represent his 95-year-old father, stated, «he certainly cannot afford what the management company is asking for.» The concerns around leaseholders footing the bill were shared by another resident Miguel Jimenez, who said, «basically everything falls on the shoulders of the leaseholders, you have to pay for everything.» At the conclusion of the meeting, the residents were told that the judge would need four to five weeks to review all the evidence and written statements from barristers before reaching a decision. Residents called on central or local government to step in to provide some kind of support. To date, as Low-Foon commented, «there is no indication from central government or the local authority», that this will happen.

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