Homeowners are trapped in worthless flats after landlords refuse to replace ...

Thousands of homeowners across the country are unable to sell up because building owners are refusing to replace Grenfell-style cladding.

The government has said that building owners have a 'moral responsibility' to pay for the cladding to be stripped off but many homeowners are struggling to find who should take responsibility for the costs.  

Leaseholders are now facing financial ruin as they may be left hundreds of thousands of pounds out of pocket after being hit with bills of up to £20,000 for 24-hour fire warden patrols around buildings.

Property values on buildings with cladding have also dropped in price dramatically, leaving owners unable to sell.

Up to 20,000 private properties across the UK are clad with the same combustible material that fuelled the fire in Grenfell Tower last year, killing 72 people, a Telegraph report revealed. 

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Up to 20,000 private properties across the UK are clad with the same combustible material that fuelled the fire in Grenfell Tower last year, killing 72 people

Up to 20,000 private properties across the UK are clad with the same combustible material that fuelled the fire in Grenfell Tower last year, killing 72 people

There are 293 private blocks with the Grenfell-style cladding, including some that are accommodation for students or hotels.

Just nine private blocks with leasehold homes have had the cladding stripped in the past year.

Merlyn Forrer, the fire protection manager at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, told the Tall Buildings Fire

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