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Colindale man's petition demands fire safety works in housing blocks

PUBLISHED: 17:12 19 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:12 19 July 2017

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More than 100 people have signed a petition demanding urgent fire safety work be carried out at their housing association flats.

Faiz Aboobaker has launched a petition urging fire safety measures by Network HomesFaiz Aboobaker has launched a petition urging fire safety measures by Network Homes

Faiz Aboobaker, who lives in Bree Court, Capitol Way, who started the petition, has slammed Network Homes who manage the eight-floor block for ignoring safety concerns.

His petition includes neighbouring Avery Court, both which were completed by Royal London Mutual Insurance Ltd in November 2015.

The 28-year-old, who bought his two-bedroom shared-ownership flat last June, says he immediately started noticing defects such as cracked windows and other flaws such as faulty fire doors.

He said: “It’s taken them four months to investigate one corridor on the sixth floor which raised a number of defects including flaws into how the walls have been built. One neighbour noticed handles were missing from the fire doors and three months on they still haven’t been replaced.“

Mr Aboobaker is demanding that rents and service charges are waived until works are completed, and compensation if the value of their homes depreciate as a result of the work.

A spokesman for Network Homes stressed that it did not develop these homes, but bought them pre-completion from a developer, Royal London Mutual Assurance Society Ltd ,and that defects are in the original construction of the building.

A Network Homes spokesman said when they bought the buildings they had all the necessary completion and buildings control certificates and as defects have since come to light they have worked to fix them.

He said: “The safety of our residents is our top priority and since being made aware of the issues, Network Homes has been working with Royal London to ensure the safety of all residents.”

This includes temporary fire safety measures while the work is done to make the buildings safe to occupy.

A spokeswoman for Royal London said: “After the buildings were completed Royal London received all the necessary approvals to allow the building to be occupied. During an end of defects inspection, fire safety breaches were found. We are undertaking further investigative works to allow us to implement the necessary work to correct the defects.”

To sign the petition click here

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