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After the tragedy of what happened at Grenfell, there has been a push for major reform of the fire safety of flats.
Controversially, some leaseholders are still legally responsible for the fixing of unsafe cladding in blocks of flats. There has been taxpayer funds raised to fix cladding but this is solely for towers over 60 foot.
This leaves some leaseholders in a perilous position as they continue to live in unsafe flats as they can ill-afford to pay the cost of the cladding repairs. The new Fire Safety Act which was supposed to remedy the issue of unsafe cladding but has left leaseholders in the lurch and in a ‘horrible position’ which has led to strict criticism from Chairman of the Communities and Local Government committee, Clive Betts MP. This is the group that scrutinses government housing policy.