Summary of leaseholder comments

Below are observations received from leaseholders in response to our letter about the directions hearing. We are recording these comments here and they will be provided to the Tribunal.

Do not worry if you want to make comments, these comments have been received early. Your chance to make comments normally happens later in the process, after the directions hearing has taken place. We will write to everyone after that hearing and let you know how the Tribunal has decided comments can be made and how the process is going to managed going forward.

Please note that it is not proper or correct for the Council to respond to these comments at this stage of the process. In the spirit of being open and transparent, we are making comments we have received available.

  1. The Council and its agents have not fulfilled their obligations in maintaining the stock and they should cover the cost of the substantial increases.
  2. The buildings insurance premiums have increased considerably since 2016 in comparison to other service charges – can this be correct, seems very unfair.
  3. The methodology used for calculating the increase based on the number of bedrooms is not reasonable.
  4. Have the Council given consideration to not passing on the increases from the Grenfell tragedy in future years?
    Would the Council allow a residents association to manage its own insurance?
  5. The Council and its agents have not fulfilled their obligations in maintaining the stock and they should cover the cost of the substantial increases.
  6. The Council and its agents have not fulfilled their obligations in maintaining the stock and they should cover the cost of the substantial increases.
    The Council has not managed its’ buildings correctly so it is unfair that the resulting increases are passed on to leaseholders.
  7. It’s disingenuous to suggest that the increase is not related to the Grenfell tragedy and I should not be expected to subsidise the Council’s liability or loss.
  8. The increases are directly related to the Grenfell tragedy and tenants and leaseholders should not be financially disadvantaged because of the tragedy.
    It is unfair that those increases are passed on.
    Given the ongoing investigations into the tragedy it is unreasonable to pass on the increases in the premiums.
  9. Considering the high premium we would like RBKC to give consideration to self-insuring their own properties in the same way that Wandsworth Council insures.
  10. Can the tribunal direct the council to provide evidence that insurance on a borough wide basis is cost effective?
    Can the tribunal direct the council to state what its intentions are for future years regarding claims related to the Grenfell tragedy?
  11. The Council should refund any increases resulting from the Grenfell tragedy.
    Different insurance policies should be in place for similar types of properties rather than having a blanket policy for all.
  12. The increase is directly related to the Grenfell tragedy which was not the fault of tenants and leaseholders so it is unfair that those increases are passed on. It is unfair that we are penalised for something outside of our control
  13. The increase related to the sum insured is also linked to the Grenfell tragedy and had it not happened this would not have changed and this cost should not be passed on.
    Different insurance policies should be in place for similar types of properties rather than having a blanket policy for all.
  14. Can the tribunal direct the council to provide evidence that insurance on a borough wide basis is cost effective?
    Can the tribunal direct the council to state what its intentions are for future years regarding claims related to the Grenfell tragedy?
  15. The Council and its agents have not fulfilled their obligations in maintaining the stock and they should cover the cost of the substantial increases owing to an increase in escape of water claims