What does the Citizens Advice Bureau suggest regarding water sprinklers?

Introduction

Some concerned leaseholders sought advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) regarding retro fitting water sprinklers. It seems that the advice might not too far removed from the advice given by LEASE in the article ‘Feedback from LEASE regarding retro fitting water sprinklers’.

The feedback from CAB

“I am responding to your request for advice/help in relation to the proposed installation of water sprinklers to your properties. 

It is true, as you say, that the cost of installation has been absorbed by both Croydon and Hammersmith Councils and they are not imposing any charges on their leaseholders.  I think the fact that Wandsworth  Council  are wanting to charge is a choice they made. If they had wanted to, they could have  which would be shared amongst others and absorbed the cost.

Your lease is not clear on the subject and the fact that the Council obtained their own legal advice on whether they could charge you, shows that they knew it was not entirely clear.  Under the circumstances it might be worth getting some formal legal advice.  This will however incur a cost, which if spread amongst a large number of you should be manageable.

You might start with this organisation:

https://clients.lease-advice.org/appointments.aspx

It is interesting that the government does not seem to provide financial support to any councils wishing to retro-fit sprinklers.  They judge it to be, in most cases, ’non –essential’.  Whereas they seem to have grants that covers the replacement of dangerous cladding.

So what to do?  I would suggest:

  • Get as many leaseholders as possible to sign up to your campaign.
  • Get further clarification of costs.  You need to check that the leaseholders are being subjected to an unfair proportion.
  • Ask the council about their formal appeal procedure against unfair imposition of service charges.
  • If legal advice (as above)  is to question decision to impose charges, to initiate formal legal action.  This could cost you all.  ( You might check how the Oxford case was funded.  They also may have access to legal resources who have experience of the issue.)
  • Complain to your MP”

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