Feature: Flat owners caught in mortgage trap

The Grenfell fire tragedy of June 2017, in which 72 people died, has highlighted fire safety issues with thousands of blocks of flats, exposed decades of lax building controls, and shone a light on a construction sector that focused on building properties fast and cheap. The fire spread quickly […] Click here to view original…

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An open letter to Robert Jenrick: the costs of delayed leasehold reform

LKP chair of trustees Martin Boyd writes to Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick to raise concerns over leasehold reform Dear Robert, Just over ten years ago, an old leaseholder died of shame because she could not pay the huge major works bill from her social sector landlord. That single death […] Click here to view original…

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Cladding victims now being hit by insurance hikes, reports BBC R4 You and Yours

Birmingham’s Islington Gates is one of the cladding sites where leaseholders have been stung by a surge in insurance premiums this year By Harry Scoffin The cladding crisis has rippled through the insurance market, with leasehold tenants in dangerous apartment buildings “being hammered” by “inflated bills”, BBC Radio 4’s […] Click here to view original…

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