“LANDLORD FORCING TENANTS TO PAY FOR REMOVAL OF FLAMMABLE CLADDING IS A SUPER RICH TORY DONOR”

“The Guardian has published a rip-roaring story about wealthy landlord who’s trying to get his tenants to pay for fire safety improvements needed to avoid a repeat of the Grenfell tragedy – but they’ve missed one important detail.

It reveals how the owners of a block of flats in Croydon have refused to remove and replace flammable cladding on the building until the tenants stump up the £2 million cost of the work.

That amounts to a charge of £31,300 per flat – more than a year’s salary for many of the tenants who say they are “terrified” about the cladding since Grenfell.

The owner of the block of 93 flats is Proxima GR Properties, which the Guardian points out is “owned by the family trust of the multi-millionaire property mogul Vincent Tchenguiz.”

It notes that Tchenguiz is: “Believed to be worth hundreds of millions of pounds and last year bought a new 165-foot superyacht moored in the Mediterranean called Da Vinci. He is said to own 300,000 freeholds in the UK, including 10 Hilton hotels.”

On top of all that, Scrapbook can reveal that Tchenguiz is also a Tory donor – he gave the party more than £21,000 before the 2010 general election.

His brother, Robert, has also given the Tories a five figure sum and his sister, Elizabeth, made a donation of £100,000 in 2008.

Presumably that means Vincent Tchenguiz’s contact details are hanging around Tory HQ somewhere.

So Sajid Javid should have no problem in getting in touch to sort out this absolute scandal.

If you’ve got enough money to throw some of it at the Tories, you’ve got enough money to keep your tenants safe… “

https://politicalscrapbook.net/2018/01/landlord-forcing-tenants-to-pay-for-removal-of-flammable-cladding-is-a-super-rich-tory-donor/

2 thoughts on ““LANDLORD FORCING TENANTS TO PAY FOR REMOVAL OF FLAMMABLE CLADDING IS A SUPER RICH TORY DONOR”

  1. So the chances of the Conservative’s insisting that he pays for the cladding himself are pretty remote.

    And from his perspective, the investment he made in the Conservative Party by making a donation is about to be paid back several times over – if only the rest of us could get a 700% payback in less than a year from our meagre savings.

    AFAICS, this is a simple case of poor quality workmanship and health & safety law rather than maintenance. It is not like the cladding has been there for so long that it has deteriorated to the point of being unsafe (which would be a maintenance issue) – the cladding is instead inherently unsafe and dangerous. The landlord was responsible for the quality of the cladding and for it being safe, and if he failed in his responsibilities it’s his responsibility to make good and the government’s responsibility to make sure that the system supports the tenants in forcing him to do so. So IMO the tenants should approach the local council’s Building Control department and try to get them to force the landlord to make the changes and / or reporting him to the Health & Safety Executive and / or suing him.

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    • Cranbrook is the new town right at the edge of the district near Exeter. It has a railway station to Exeter and London, new schools, etc.

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