For Vijay Sisodia the building safety crisis has piled pressure on to an already demanding work life during the pandemic.
While on the front line of vaccination efforts, the 38-year-old and his partner Daisy Connor have been stuck in limbo at their home in Kennington Park Square, waiting for work to begin to make the building safe and picking up huge costs.
Vijay tells The Big Issue the Barratt Homes-developed high-rise in Lambeth, south-east London has issues which meant Vijay and other residents were forced to pay for Waking Watch – a system where fire marshals patrol the building to report any fires to residents – shelling out an estimated £450,000. The monthly costs only ended when a new fire alarm system was installed at a further cost of £150,000.
We want to buy the whole place outright. But we can’t get a mortgage for it. You’re stuck in limbo. London leaseholder Vijay SisodiaLondon leaseholder Vijay Sisodia
With no date yet set for the remediation work to begin, Vijay is furious at having to pick up the bill while living in an unsafe building.