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The UK’s Flammable Building Crisis: A Continuing Plight for Flat Owners

Flat owners in the UK who live in buildings with flammable cladding are facing a financial and emotional crisis, as they are forced to pay for fire patrol services that are required by law. These services, also known as waking watch, involve trained staff who monitor the building for fire risks and alert the residents in case of an emergency.

The cladding crisis was triggered by the Grenfell disaster in 2017, which claimed 72 lives.

The cost of these services can range from £200 to £500 per month per flat, depending on the size and location of the building. This is in addition to the normal service charges and the potential cost of removing and replacing the cladding, which can be as high as tens of thousands of pounds.

Many flat owners have reported that they are struggling to pay their bills, rent out their properties, or sell them at a fair value. They also live in fear of a fire breaking out in their homes, which affects their safety and well-being. They are calling for more support from the government and the construction industry, as well as a quicker and more thorough fix to the cladding problem.

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