Post Grenfell, some landlords of high-rise buildings have had to introduce waking watch services to ensure a 24/7 hour presence on-site at schemes at risk because of inadequate cladding.
As reported on the BBC News last week, the costs of these services can be incredibly high with landlords often passing on those costs to leaseholders. Although this is (hopefully) in accordance with the lease terms, the fairness of doing so has been questioned by some even where the landlord is charity. We have already seen some tribunal decisions regarding these this service and the costs arising, and I expect to see many more in the future.
So this new Waking Watch Fund will be welcomed by both landlords (who may have felt conflicted about charging) and leaseholders who ultimately were the ones paying the often high costs.
New £30 million Waking Watch Relief Fund announced