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Residents asked to foot £2m bill to replace Grenfell-like cladding

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Residents of a privately-owned London tower block with the same cladding as Grenfell Tower may be forced to pay between £13,300 and £31,300 each in instalments, for replacement panels up to £2m.

The BBC reported that Citiscape in Croydon was one of 228 buildings to fail safety tests which were introduced after the Grenfell disaster.

93 flats are affected reported the Guardian newspaper with the building’s owner saying it was not its responsibility to pay and that work recladding the Citiscape complex in Croydon will begin “once full funds are in place”.

One resident said she was asked to pay more than she earns in a year over a six-week period, adding: "This situation has become out of control.

"I'm very worried about the prospect of losing my flat. I have contacted estate agents to try and sell it but they told me this flat will never sell under those circumstances."

The relative of a 95-year-old resident, said it was "unreasonable to make such a demand from a pensioner receiving only the state pension, being barely sufficient to cover the winter bills and his daily upkeep".

Property managers First Port Property Services said: "As the property manager, we are discharging our responsibilities under the leasehold agreements and working with residents as closely as possible to find a solution to this very complex situation."

They had previously told leaseholders the cost of replacing the cladding was likely to be covered through increased service charges.

The case is to be taken to a first-tier property tribunal on 6 February to determine who should foot the bill.

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