The Manc - Manchester city centre homeowner being forced to pay £22K cladding bill"

Manchester city centre homeowner being forced to pay £22K cladding bill

The Edge

Residents in Greater Manchester are being asked to pay up to £3 million to make their own homes safe.

The Edge building is one of several in the UK fitted with dangerous cladding. However, it's the leaseholders who are being asked to cough up for the necessary repairs.

After months of ongoing battles, stress and despair, residents have now been hit by "extortionate" demand letters from the building management company - which are open-ended and offer no assurances as to when construction will commence or finish.

The Edge building caught ablaze in 2005, but was repaired with the same ill-suited aluminium composite panel cladding.

According to residents, the tower block was deemed "safe" in 2015 as per the “Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 Fire Risk Assessment” by the same organisation now demanding money for renovations.

The Manc

The building management company's daunting letters demanding swift payment of extortionate funds have apparently left homeowners suffering from "severe bouts of anxiety".

Speaking to The Manc, the recipient of the above letter, who wished to stay anonymous, said: "We have been completely kept in the dark.

"Very little communication has been made, and then we receive a letter demanding such high fees? We feel let down by our building management and disappointed with the way it has been handled.

"It doesn’t seem that they have pushed for the government funding hard enough. Instead they have left us with very few options, making us feel trapped and bullied into a corner in our own homes."

Residents have also questioned the integrity of contractors, and it's not just people living in The Edge who are on the edge – residents of Albion Mill in Manchester city centre are in the exact same position.

Manchester Cladiators

However, the cladding crisis has given rise to The Cladiators, who have already begun meeting with government officials - such as Secretary of State for Housing Robert Jenrick - to help people stuck in "deathtrap" homes.

The campaign group has also received backing from Labour MP Rebecca Long Bailey as they lobby to put the responsibility back on building management bodies instead of leaseholders.

Let's hope a blind eye isn't turned.

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