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Owners will not have to pay for the removal of 'cladding similar to Grenfell'

The Manchester blocks were found to have 'similar cladding to Grenfell' Photo: ITV Granada Reports

It has been confirmed that apartment owners in Manchester will no longer be forced to pay for the removal of dangerous cladding from their properties.

Vallea Court and Cypress Place in the city’s Green Quarter failed safety checks last year after they were found to have cladding similar to that on Grenfell Tower.

Leaseholders were originally told that they would be responsible for paying for the removal of the cladding from the high-rise apartment blocks Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Leaseholders were originally told that they would be responsible for paying for the removal of the cladding from the high-rise apartment blocks.

This morning tenants, many who were first-time buyers, were told that they will not have to pay for the removal of the cladding, ending months of worry and financial concern.

The letter from Pemberstones, the investors, confirmed that they are now working with a 'number of partners' to ensure that leaseholders will not have to pay.

The apartment owners have also been refunded all payments to date, their tribunal costs and their crowd-funding.

Manchester Council said that they were pleased by the news after backing the residents' campaign. Councillor Suzanne Richards, Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration for Manchester City Council, said:

I am absolutely delighted for the Green Quarter residents that a resolution has finally been reached to this long-running situation.

“The Council has been clear throughout that residents should not be landed with the bill for replacing unsafe cladding. We know from our many meetings with residents that this long and complex process has been extremely stressful for those involved. It has taken a lot of work by many people, especially the residents themselves, to reach this point.

“I am glad we were able to broker talks between Lendlease, Pemberstone, other parties and the residents. I would like to thank Lendlease and Pemberstone for engaging with these discussions and ultimately doing the right thing. They have set an example, in not passing on these costs, which I hope the rest of the industry will follow. ”

– Councillor Suzanne Richards