Cladding crisis: Cancer research scientist at risk of job loss due to unsellable home

28 January 2021, 20:21

By Fiona Jones

This cancer research scientist is at serious risk of losing her job because she is stuck in an unsellable home and cannot relocate.

In 2020, LBC uncovered that millions of desperate people are trapped in homes with unsafe cladding which has rendered their properties entirely worthless.

Dr Natalie Cureton bought her flat six years ago as a first-time-buyer, having "worked hard and saved hard" to do so.

Three years ago Dr Cureton and her partner wanted to remortgage their property and found out they had dangerous cladding, meaning their valuation came back as zero pounds.

"That's left myself and everyone living in the building fearful because it's dangerous cladding, but also completely trapped," she said.

"I worked really hard, I got a PhD, I now work as a cancer research scientist...but my job is relocating to a different city and at the moment I'm unable to sell my home.

"Unless I'm able to sell my home, I'm not going to be able to relocate with that job and I'm likely going to need to leave the job."

Read more: Tearful caller "devastated" as her daughter's home is branded unsellable due to cladding

She told Eddie: "Every night when I go to sleep literally the last thing I think about is if the fire alarm goes off, how am I going to get out?

"We've all seen what happened at Grenfell and it was tragic and it becomes very real. For me it's a huge safety issue and something you have to live with everyday."

Dr Cureton told Eddie there has been no progress in the cladding being made safe; her building has applied to the building safety fund however the scope of the fund is quite limited.

"I was 13 years old when my building was being completed and I'm being asked to fix issues that happened that I had no part in the making of," Dr Cureton said.

She branded the Government's response as disappointing, considering they are the "party of home ownership".

Exclusive: LBC uncovers ‘forged’ cladding-safety certificates, costing victims £1000s

More Eddie Mair

Sir David Amess' surgery was in church so 'elderly' and 'disabled' constituents could attend

Sir David Amess 'moved surgery to church so more constituents could attend'

'Brexit represents 'self-sabotage', caller argues

'Brexit represents 'self-sabotage', caller argues

Ex-EU boss launches scathing attack on Lord Frost's Brexit speech

Ex-EU boss launches brutal attack on Lord Frost's Brexit speech

Caller 'haunted' by son's Covid death fumes at report findings

Mother 'haunted' by son's Covid death fumes at report findings

'I can't take my daughter to school': Mother shares toll of fuel fiasco on her family

'I can't take my daughter to school': Mother shares toll of fuel fiasco on her family

'What are you waiting for?!' Eddie Mair grills minister over eco mob injunction

'What are you waiting for?!' Eddie Mair grills minister over eco mob injunction

Criminal proceedings in Harry Dunn case may come 'soon', family adviser predicts

Criminal proceedings in Harry Dunn case may come 'soon', family adviser predicts

Sacked Gavin Williamson 'was more Sunday League than Premier League'

Gavin Williamson 'was more Sunday League than Premier League'

Caller's plea to repeal assisted dying law leaves LBC listeners in tears

Caller's plea to repeal assisted dying law leaves LBC listeners in tears

Covid winter plan 'portrays a lack of understanding in public health'

Covid winter plan 'portrays a lack of understanding in public health'

'I don't know what we stand for anymore as a party,' Labour member tells LBC

'I don't know what we stand for anymore as a party,' Labour member tells LBC

'14 dead and it's only May', Nick Ferrari grills Met Police Commissioner on violent crime

'Eddie, where do I start?': Caller lists grievances with Gavin Williamson

PM's social care fund 'falls way short of what is needed', warns care home chief

PM's social care fund 'falls way short of what is needed', warns care home chief

London Tube seeing busiest morning in 18 months is 'very good news', says Tory peer

London Tube seeing busiest morning in 18 months is 'very good news', says Tory peer

UK's campaign in Afghanistan 'fundamentally wrong,' Blair's Defence Sec. admits

UK's campaign in Afghanistan 'fundamentally wrong,' Blair's Defence Sec. admits

'Dogs were given permission to be evacuated but not Afghan researchers'

'Dogs were given permission to be evacuated but not Afghan researchers'