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Cladding replaced at Hockmore Tower in Cowley

By News Feed | 30 June 2022

File image of Hockmore Tower. Picture: Richard Cave CLADDING has been replaced at a tower block which was the scene of a fire last month. More than 100 calls were made to Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service after a rooftop blaze broke out at Hockmore Tower in Cowley. Garden […]Click here to view original web…

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Threat to tenants over safety issues at tower

By News Feed | 30 June 2022

Construction firm O’Hare & McGovern is facing legal action over concerns about cladding and fire protection at the Obel Tower in Belfast. The multi-storey building’s original developers – now in liquidation – its current owners and management company are jointly seeking an order for specific performance against the main […] Click here to view original…

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Threat of prison for building owners sending wrongful cladding repair invoices

By News Feed | 29 June 2022

Cladding-hit flat owners have welcomed a possible 10-year prison sentence for building owners who send ‘threatening’ demands to cover the cost of remediation works. The announcement is part of wider measures introduced by Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove that apply to buildings 11 metres or five storeys and taller. […] Click here to view original…

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More than 200 Obel Tower apartments may have to be vacated if alleged safety issues not addressed, court hears

By News Feed | 29 June 2022

General view of The Obel Building, Belfast. (Presseye) More than 200 apartments in Northern Ireland’s tallest residential building may have to be vacated if alleged safety issues are not fixed by the end of the year, the High Court has heard. Construction firm O’Hare & McGovern is facing legal […] Click here to view original…

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Fixing dangerous cladding in Scotland: funding the shortfall

By News Feed | 29 June 2022

With the Scottish Government recently confirming that it is significantly short of the funds required to remediate dangerous cladding in Scotland, we recap on remediation plans in England and Scotland five years after the Grenfell tower disaster. Five years on from Grenfell and there remains as many as 23 […] Click here to view original…

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Landlords could face TEN YEARS in jail if they pass on cost of cladding crisis to leaseholders

By News Feed | 29 June 2022

Landlords who charge leaseholders for the costs of the cladding scandal could face ten years behind bars, Michael Gove warned last night. The Housing Secretary wrote to building owners telling them that asking innocent victims to pay to fix fire safety defects is now ‘a criminal offence’. It comes […] Click here to view original…

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Camden Council settles £130m Chalcots lawsuit for £19m

By News Feed | 28 June 2022

In 2019, Camden Council announced it was filing a £130m lawsuit over fire safety issues on the Chalcots estate. It has now settled for just £19m – Credit: Charles Thomson Camden Council is facing questions after settling a £130m lawsuit for £19m. The authority accepted an out-of-court payment from […] Click here to view original…

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Government’s building safety reforms come into force

By News Feed | 28 June 2022

Leaseholders will for the first time be legally protected from unfair bills to make their homes safe as measures in the Building Safety Act 2022 comes into force. Those responsible for historical safety defects, and those who own buildings, will instead be required to fund essential repairs. Some developers […] Click here to view original…

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The Welsh government is now offering to buy homes affected by the cladding crisis

By News Feed | 27 June 2022

A small number of leaseholders in Wales who have been hit hard in the pocket will be offered a way out of the cladding crisis – selling their home to the government. Leaseholders hit by the cladding crisis have been calling for action to protect them from bills to […] Click here to view original…

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Fire service found no issues at building where Elliot Lawless stripped 160 units

By News Feed | 26 June 2022

Elliot Lawless of Elliot Group The fire service have said they found ‘no significant issues’ at a city building where the developer stripped 160 units of furnishings. Developer Elliot Lawless , who bought the Paramount building in November 2019, recently told the ECHO that he oversaw the removal of […] Click here to view original…

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Prescot man charged with fraud over cladding safety forms

By News Feed | 26 June 2022

Image caption, The man is due at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on 3 August A man has been charged after an investigation into fraudulent cladding safety forms in Merseyside. The man, of Knowsley Lane in Prescot, was charged with fraud by false representation relating to 88 forms in 2020, Merseyside […] Click here to view original…

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Flammable cladding a ‘real issue we need to get sorted now’

By News Feed | 25 June 2022

Sky News Queensland Editor Peter Gleeson says flammable cladding is still an issue five years after the Grenfell Tower disaster, which killed 72 people. The peak body for Australia’s apartment sector has warned the dangers of flammable cladding persist across the country – particularly in Queensland. It warns several […] Click here to view original…