11:48 AM, 17th January 2022, About 4 months ago 5
Following a couple of years of ‘major works’ costing so far £1m in a block – it has as expected by the leaseholders gone very badly wrong! Covid didn’t help, but the major issue was with the works to the 1930’s critical windows.
We were not consulted on the works, and many leaseholders including myself asked for replacements and would pay for them (we own the windows) as scaffolding was up around the whole block.
The decision by the Freeholder and surveyor was to ‘refurb’ original steel single glazed from 1930 windows and of course, it’s been an absolute disaster with many now having gaps and draughts that they didn’t have before, all the old paint was removed (no lead protection, but that is now in the past) and repainted with rust proofing, undercoat and topcoat, done very badly and having to be redone.
The first issue was that they are charging us for the overspend on getting this done and redone and then remedial works and broken glass and now of course we still have old and leaky windows that will not make it to an EPC C certificate – the windows were/are the only way we can really improve the energy efficiency in the individual flats that are mainly D and E. Heating is communal and dare I say managed by opening a window.
The obvious question is – is there any action we can take for not improving but worsening our energy efficiency and making it impossible without secondary glazing to reach a C?
Of course, the other question is who in their right mind refurbs original windows that have not had any works done (apart from a lick of paint) since they were in installed?
We are in the process of buying the Freehold, but it is happening too late to take on these works (there is more to come) – the Freeholder is delaying the process due to the massive overspend, and liability.
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