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I’ve got problems with my tower block’s heating or hot water

Is heating or hot water a problem in your tower block? Here’s how to get that fixed

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I’m worried there’s asbestos in my flat

What is asbestos, why is it a danger, and what should you do if you think there’s some in your flat?
A rolled up towel on a window sill. Image by Mr Tin DC A rolled up towel on a window sill. Image by Mr Tin DC

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The windows of my flat are leaking

What should you do if water is coming in through the edges of your windows? It can be a problem with the window frames or it might point to structural issues with your block.
Image by Craig Whitehead - a man wipes condensation from a window Image by Craig Whitehead - a man wipes condensation from a window

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There is condensation in my flat

Condensation is a common problem in tower blocks, and it can add to issues with mould or damp.
Gas taps - picture by Erik Kroon Gas taps - picture by Erik Kroon

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Is the gas safe in my tower block?

Gas safety is important in every home, but in tower blocks there are additional reasons for checking that everything is secure.
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True life stories

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Tenant action – tackling disrepair

Annie Barrett, a tenant of Marsh Drive estate in the London Borough of Barnet joined forces with her neighbours to tackle disrepair in their blocks. We interviewed Annie to find out what action she and her community took. How long have you lived in the Marsh Drive block? I moved into Marsh Drive in October […]
A diagram of the different stages of a cockroach's lifecycle, 1908 A diagram of the different stages of a cockroach's lifecycle, 1908

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Beating the cockroaches

Examples of how residents across various London estates organised to solve the problem of cockroaches – permanently. In some cases the benefits went beyond mere pest control and even brought new paid work to the residents.
Screenshot from ‘Cracks In The System’ Ledbury Estate documentary showing a hand being put into a crack in the wall Screenshot from ‘Cracks In The System’ Ledbury Estate documentary showing a hand being put into a crack in the wall

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Cracking up: tenant power through the Ledbury Action Group

What do you do when there are cracks in your flat big enough to pass your arm through? See how the residents of the Ledbury estate took action.