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Health And Safety Croydon residents still facing huge bill to remove death-trap cladding

A 95-year-old man facing a huge bill to remove Grenfell-style cladding removed from his home has been hospitalised with stress, a tribunal heard today.

Leaseholders at Citiscape, two connected buildings holding 95 flats in Croydon, south London, face a huge bill for removing flammable material from the outside of the development.

Both blocks failed fire tests ordered by the government in the wake of last year’s Grenfell Tower fire, which left 71 dead.

FirstPort Property Services, the management company, has gone to a first-tier property tribunal to try to force residents to cover the cost of safety works.

It is estimated that the total cost of the replacement will be £2 million, with at least £500,000 required to strip the cladding.

Richard Low-Foon, whose elderly father Luc lived in the block, said he was trapped in a "catch 22".

He told the hearing: "I cannot see a way out of it at this stage unless through a miracle we get some funding.

"At the moment he is staying in hospital because of all this. It got too much for him.”

"I had to put him in a care home before Christmas on the understanding that I would defer payment until I sell the property, not that I am able to sell the property because of this."

Mr Low-Foon added that he did not have the means to pay for the cladding replacement himself.

He said: "I'm personally nervous on that note because I don't know how to pay towards the costs, especially with my father being 95.

"At the age of 95 — the property is my father's — there is no chance of my father receiving extra funding."

The tribunal continues.


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