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Following a tribunal decision, flat-owners in apartment blocks with cladding similar to Grenfell Tower are likely to have to pay the cost of essential improvements to the properties.

Leaseholders in the “Fresh” building in Salford went to the tribunal to try and stop the freeholder from making them pay for replacement cladding and for interim fire wardens, but the tribunal ruled in the freeholder’s favour.

As with almost all residential leases, the flat-owners have to pay for all maintenance and repair costs through their service charge.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: “Keeping people safe in their homes is paramount. We are clear we want to see private sector landlords follow the lead of the social sector and not pass on the costs of essential fire safety works to leaseholders. We are keeping the situation under review and will consider this judgment.”

Contact Latimer Lee’s conveyancing department if you are buying or selling a property on 0161 797 4000.