We are an action group, set up in February 2020, to put pressure on those responsible for trapping leaseholders in unsafe buildings, following the Grenfell tragedy.
Cladding removal and replacement, and other fire safety issues raised by Grenfell, are resulting in life-changing bills for leaseholders, through no fault of their own.
And until repairs are made, leaseholders and tenants are trapped in unsafe buildings. Thousands of people are under incredible stress. From first time buyers, who stretched to get their foot on the housing ladder and are now #generationtrapped, through to retirees who now face living in poverty, or face bankruptcy and homelessness, with no chance to earn their way out of this crisis.
- For the Government to underwrite the insurance for our buildings, in the same way they did previously for flood affected houses. Insurance companies have, in some cases, quintupled their premiums for flats with unsafe cladding. They are also threatening to pull cover all together if works are not planned and carried out quickly. This unfairly puts the onus on the leaseholders to find, in some cases, millions of pounds per development in 12 – 18 months.
- For the Government’s cladding fund to be extended to cover all fire safety issues highlighted since Grenfell for the estimated 450+ affected buildings in the UK. The recently communicated £1bn building safety fund is a positive step as it covers both ACM and non ACM cladding, however it does not cover buildings under 18 metres or non-cladding related fire safety issues, resulting in a leaseholder lottery.
- For interim waking watches to be funded by the building owners. There are significant costs for having a 24/7 waking watch until repairs can be completed. Where these are required they should be paid for by the building owners.
- 4 ways to help now:
- Follow our action group Brum LAG on Facebook and @BrumLAG on Twitter
- Lobby your MPs and attend their surgeries: theyworkforyou.com/, www.parliament.uk/site-information/glossary/surgeries/
- Sign this petition: change.org/p/kit-malthouse-save-homeowners-from-financial-ruin-by-ensuring-developers-pay-for-their-cladding-mistakes
- Follow other action groups such as UK Cladding Action Group @UKCAG, Manchester Cladiators @McrCladiators and National Leasehold Campaign @NLC_2019.
A campaign group in Birmingham says it’s worried there may be dozens of buildings in the city with cladding issues that aren’t being identified – that could leave flat owners seriously out of pocket.
Birmingham tower block faces a bill increase from £43,000 to £500,000 as official figures show removal of flammable material has all but stalled. […] Click here to view original web page
A message of solidarity, from all those affected by the cladding & fire safety scandal during COVID-19 …
Sir Mike Penning, Tory MP for Hemel Hempstead and a former fire minister, fumed at the Fire Safety Bill’s implications for leaseholders, who “should not have the burden, which is currently on them all the time, day in, day out” By Harry Scoffin The first new law on fire […] Click here to view original…
Brindley House in Newhall Street Birmingham Birmingham’s tallest residential tower block faces a staggering 775 per cent insurance increase. The massive hike at Brindley House – the biggest increase in Birmingham – has been spawned by cladding regulations that followed the Grenfell Tower blaze. The rapid spread of the […] Click here to view original…
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Our last blog post at the beginning of the month was titled “1 week in …”. We had hoped to do a weekly post but things have been happening so fast 4 weeks have got behind us already! Back on the 4th Sophie and Brian recorded a podcast over a few glasses of wine and…
Katie Illingworth and her husband, Jim, face having to spend their pension savings on cladding Residents at a Birmingham tower block with flammable cladding must each pay an insurance bill that has quadrupled to £191,000 by next week or move out. Across England, leaseholders in flats with combustible external […] Click here to view original…