Judge to decide on dispute over £2m cladding bill at Croydon blocks

A decision over who should foot the £2 million bill to remove Grenfell-style cladding from a housing complex in Croydon will come before a judge on 13th February.

Leaseholders at Citiscape, two connected buildings holding 95 flats, face huge costs after both blocks failed fire tests ordered by the Government in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

FirstPort Property Services Ltd manages the development and will appear before a first-tier property tribunal in an effort to make residents pay towards safety works.

Official documents say Tuesday’s application will determine the “payability and reasonableness of proposed service charges for major works”.

FirstPort is also asking that the price of employing fire wardens to watch the building full-time – £4,000 per week since the cladding was deemed dangerous – is passed on.

Residents from the tower and adjoining flats have expressed fear they will not be able to afford the measures.

The management firm initially estimated it will cost around £500,000 to remove the cladding, but then dramatically increased the total to between £1.8 million and £2 million last month.

It will also seek dispensation for the consultation required prior to the work.