Manor Park dad faces £26,000 bill for council building repairs
PUBLISHED: 13:02 25 August 2015 | UPDATED: 13:38 25 August 2015
A dad-of-three is facing a bill of up to £26,000 after repair work was carried out on the block of flats where he lives.
Mozzam Tariq bought his two-bedroom former council flat in Grantham Road, Manor Park, in 2005.
Two years later he became locked in a battle with Newham Council after finding out he may have to contribute the enormous sum towards repair work being carried out under the Decent Homes Programme.
As one of the only private residents in the Charlbury House block, where he lives with his wife and three children, Mr Tariq was invoiced to the tune of £26,296.83 for the work – that cost more than £1m – in February.
“It is worrying,” he said. “I have a family to look after, how am I expected to pay this?”
A council spokeswoman said Mr Tariq was informed in advance that he “would have to pay a contribution towards the works under the terms of his lease” whereas council tenants had the fee covered by the local authority.
Mr Tariq, an auditor, said that while he was aware of the work being carried out he was never informed of the amount, adding: “Not in my wildest dreams did I think the bill would come to this much.
“I thought the price of any work carried out would be in its hundreds, so when the bill did come through, I was shocked. It is ridiculous.”
The costs included electrical repairs, refurbishment of windows, and asbestos removal and was calculated based on a fixed formula, according to the council.
The spokeswoman said the invoice amount was “only an estimate” and that the costs were anticipated to be lower when bills are finalised next year.
She added: “However, due to the concerns raised by leaseholders about the amount, we are reviewing all invoices issued in relation to this particular block.
“The council will also work with Mr Tariq to agree a suitable repayment plan as we have a range of different payment options tailored towards individual needs.”
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