'Residents in a privately-owned high-rise block with the same cladding that was used on Grenfell Tower may be forced to pay £2million for replacement panels to be installed.
Leaseholders at Citiscape in Croydon, south London, face the huge bill to remove and replace the aluminium composite material (ACM) panels, thought to have fuelled the spread of the west London fire in June last year.
The building is one of 228 across the country which failed fire safety tests carried out by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) in the weeks after the blaze, in which 71 people died.
First Port Property Services, the building's property manager, was advised in August that measures should be taken to replace the cladding.
It has written to residents twice, outlining that cost will likely be covered through service charges, which would be borne collectively by leaseholders.
In November, First Port advised residents that the cost of replacing the unsafe cladding was about £500,000, before revising the estimate to between £1.8 and £2million last Tuesday.
In the latest letter they said: 'We know that this work and the costs are unwelcome. However, as your property manager, our first priority has to be your safety.''
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