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Tower block residents and the COVID-19 pandemic

Need repairs and not sure how COVID will affect the process? Here’s the latest advice.

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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?
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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.
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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.
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True life stories

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Peter’s story

Peter McLoughlin is a tower block tenant who has been living in a 14th floor flat in Netherthorpe, Sheffield since 1988. He was formerly Sheffield’s Cabinet Member for Housing and continues to lobby for safer housing conditions across the city, particularly in tower blocks. In this episode, Peter discusses his history in the tenants’ movement and what’s led him to campaign, carry out his own safety and disrepair audits and write many reports on housing over the past 40 years.

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Gerry’s story

Gerry Boyd is a tower block resident and chair of the Rosebank Tower Property Council in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. As the owner of a flat which has suffered with various disrepair issues over the years – he describes his relationship with the Factoring managers, the local authority and talks us through his journey through the […]

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Nick’s story

Nick Durie is a neighbourhood organiser with LivingRent.org – Scotland’s tenants’ union which represents members in both the private and social rented sectors. In this podcast, Nick talks about the LivingRent 2020/2021 manifesto, rent rises, the impacts of privatisation and environmental priorities for new builds.

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Rhiannon’s Story

Rhiannon is the Campaigns and Research Officer at the Southwark Group of Tenants Organisations. In this podcast she discusses housing disrepair and the power of collective action.

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Daniela’s story

Daniela is a local authority tenant in South London. She spent 20 years living in her family home in a tower block in South London before was moved out by the landlord, Southwark Council in 2017, due to fire and structural safety issues. She and her young daughter were then moved to another block in the borough, which also has significant disrepair problems.

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How can my local councillor help?

Anne Clarke is a councillor in the London Borough of Barnet. We ask her about her experiences in supporting residents in her area with housing and disrepair problems
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