On Sunday LKP launched a survey of cladding leaseholders. We will run the survey for a couple of weeks but post these initial results to help inform MPs for today’s cladding debate.
So far we have had replies from 177 people representing 117 different sites
Q: Do you feel the government has done enough to support you since the cladding crisis emerged?”
On a scale of 1 -5 people were asked to rate the government’s performance from “No help at all” to “Have done as much as they can”
A: 90% of respondents rated the government’s performance as a “No help at all”, 8% suggested they had been slightly helpful. No respondent assessed the government as having done a good job
Q: How happy are you with the way the building safety issues at your site are being addressed?
A: Although 57% of respondents reported they were very unhappy there was a broader distribution of support for those trying to address the issues with 10% of respondents replying at the happier end of the scale
Q: Have you ever had a Waking Watch at your site?
A: 62% of respondents said yes
Q: Is your waking watch still in place
A: 86% said yes with just 2% of sites advising they had been remediated
Q: How long has your waking watch lasted so far or how long did it last before it was replaced
A: less than 2 months 21%, 2-6 months 46%, 6-12 months 16%, 12-24 months 13%, over 24 months 4.5%
Q: What is/was the average cost per flat per month for waking watch?
A: ranging from 23% < £249 per flat per month through to 4.5% paying >£750 per month per flat. 40% did not know what the costs would be and only 17% had costs being paid for by a developer warranty provider or landlord
Q: Have you had any fire alarms installed since the Grenfell Fire as part of any “interim measures” prior to remediation?
A: 68% of respondents said no
Q: Has your landlord offered any financial options to help pay for building remediation to correct cladding issues?
A: 98% of respondents said no
Q: What type of cladding do you have at your site
A: Only 16% of respondents have said they have ACM or ACM plus other materials. 54% of respondents have non-ACM cladding while a worrying 30% report they still do not know what types of cladding they have. This figure of 30% is worrying because of the next question
Q Has a survey been carried out to know what type of cladding you have
A: 89% of respondents said yes
Q: Are you aware of anyone at your site who has been unable to sell their flat because their buyer is not able to obtain a loan as a direct result of cladding issues at your site?
A: 82% of respondents said yes
Q: Are you aware of anyone on your site who has not been able to change job/relocate because they are unable to sell their flat due to cladding issues?
A: 65% of respondents said yes
Q: In addition to remediation hopefully being funded by the government or developers or landlords or warranty providers, what additional resources do you think are needed to help you deal with the cladding issues?
A: 80% thought it was very important more information on government progress to address the cladding crisis
76% thought it was very important they had more information about what’s happening at your site
68% thought it was very important there was more help for the cladding groups which are trying to support cladding sites
58% thought it was very important they had more help from mortgage providers in securing funds for remedial work
54% thought it was very important there is more help for leaseholders on how to organise themselves
47% thought it was very important there is more information on leasehold law
There were also a number of questions to shared ownership leaseholders who in some instances may own 25% of the lease but potentially face 100% of the remediation costs.
Very few people on any site were aware if there was a responsible person for building safety. Just one person is aware of a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) for anyone with mobility issues at their site.
Watched the Parliament debate yesterday on the cladding issue. All went well till the Minister started to talk. Very disappointed by with Minsiter approach and her answers. This debate needs to be properly repeted in House of Commons!