“For the last two or three years, a lot of our lives have been completely ruined,” says Giles, a flat owner from Manchester. “We’re living in fear and limbo. All we’ve been told so far is the government wants us to pay sums running into the tens of thousands of pounds, simply to make our homes safe.
However, charity shops are better prepared this time, Mr Osterley said. Take for example Stockport hospice charity, Beechwood Cancer Care. There's been a queue of customers at its Heald Green precinct. But it is only open to shoppers, not droppers, this week.