600,000 leaseholders unable to sell homes with cladding - BBC Newsnight

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Published on 1 Sep 2020, 15:48
New regulations brought in after the Grenfell tragedy require safety checks for thousands of buildings with cladding, but many of those who live inside are now struggling to sell their homes until they’re certified as safe. Subscribe to our channel here: goo.gl/31Q53F

New regulations brought in after the Grenfell fire tragedy require safety checks for thousands of buildings with cladding.

Those seeking to sell homes in blocks affected often need paperwork to prove they’re safe, but a shortage of inspectors means it could take years to get that approval, meaning 600,000 residents are unable to move home.

What effect is this having on those who are stuck in limbo, unable to sell their homes?

Richard Watson reports and Mark Urban is joined in the studio by Emma Byrne, who lives in an affected flat, and Conservative MP and co-chair of the all party parliamentary group on leasehold reform, Peter Bottomley.

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