The most horrifying event of the last year was the catastrophic fire at Grenfell Tower. In the aftermath of the disaster, many questions have been raised and promises made in relation to fire protection works. The Department of Communities and Local Government issued urgent guidance requiring fire safety checks to be undertaken in respect of the external cladding materials applied to buildings more than 18m high.
Whilst there is undoubtedly a political will to improve safety it is extremely likely that there will be service charge disputes around who is to pay for the replacement cladding work. The focus has been on Local Authorities but in private blocks the costs will have to be met by Leaseholders.