Hundreds of protesters gathered outside parliament on Thursday to protest the issues facing the country’s leaseholders, with the mayor of London warning that the system was “broken”.
Building owners and landlords should share important building safety information with their residents, Sadiq Khan said, as he called for action to address security concerns and rebuild trust with lessees.
He said more than four years after the Grenfell Tower fire broke out, some lessees in the capital still fear for their safety, unable to sell their homes or face hefty bills to fix cladding issues. is falling, he said.
Meyer’s remarks met with leaseholders, politicians and campaigners for the Leaseholders Together rally in central London, aimed at drawing attention to issues facing England’s 4.6 million leaseholders, including building safety, cladding, ground rent, service charges and insurance. Hikes included.
Mr Khan addressed the protesters at the rally, calling on new Housing Secretary Michael Gove to meet the leaseholders and hear their stories.
He said: “I have met lessees who are contemplating suicide. I have met lessees who are not able to pay the service charges that they are required to pay.
“I have forced leaseholders to pay for Waking Watch because the government has delayed making their homes safe.
“I fail to understand how anyone who spends time with the Grenfell Tower community doesn’t feel a sense of urgency to make all of our homes safe.”
The mayor said the leasehold system was “broken”.
“It’s not just an issue about the cladding,” he said.
“It’s an issue about the breakdown of the leasehold system. And that’s at the core of it.”
Speaking ahead of the incident, the mayor said: “The current building security situation is a scandal and a crisis – and it appears that the government is still unprepared to properly address it.
“We cannot go on like this. Building owners must act now to rebuild trust with leaseholders. This can only be achieved through communication and transparency, along with strong changes to the building safety regulatory system. “
Leaseholder Danielle Harper, 28, came to a rally organized by End Our Cladding Scandal in association with the National Leasehold Campaign and charity Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, to urge the government to provide support.
Ms Harper bought her leasehold in London three years ago, and found the cladding in the building unsafe nine months later.
Leaseholders in the building initially had to pay for Waking Watch, a system where a building is patrolled to ensure that warnings are given in the event of a fire.
A fire alarm, for which the leaseholders also had to pay, was later installed.
Ms Harper told the PA news agency: “Our management company applied for the Building Safety Fund, which is money from the government, to fix the building.
“Luckily our building was successful in this, but we are still waiting for payment from the government to start the treatment.”
Alison Smith, 32, bought a flat in Leeds city center and found a few years ago that the building was not safe due to a problem with the cladding system, which would have cost more than £21 million to fix.
She said she might have to contribute, telling the PA: “For me it’s a potential bill for anything of £60,000 or more, so it’s just been a nightmare over the years, hearing that. For that’s what’s going to happen.”
She is hoping to receive funding from the Building Safety Fund, but has yet to hear if she has been successful.
Geeta Nanda, Chair of the Group, and Chief Executive of Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing (MTVH), London’s largest housing association, said: “We fully agree that accurate, timely and transparent communication with residents is the building’s response. There are significant security challenges that have emerged in recent years.
“G15 members are investing more than £2.9bn over the next 10 years in critical building safety tasks and have built dedicated teams from within existing resources to ensure that critical fire safety information communicates with residents in an accessible manner. is shared.”
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /