Landlords and tenants in a high rise block of flats may soon have to pay for fire wardens to protect them if dangerous cladding is not removed – almost a year after it was deemed unfit by inspectors.

Landmark House, a seven-storey building in Broadway, Bradford city centre, consists of 91 flats as well as shops on the ground floor, and failed the Government’s test in July last year.

The Government instructed local authorities to test the cladding on high-rise blocks after 71 people died following the fire on June 14, 2017, at Grenfell Tower, West London. A sample of cladding from Landmark House was sent away for testing and it was found to have fallen below fire safety standards.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) introduced 24/7 wardens to monitor the building, which is currently being paid for with a cash reserve fund.

Landlords - those who own a flat in the building and sublet them to tenants - claim the money will only cover 12 months of payments before they are forced to pay for it out of their own pocket or increase the rent of their tenants to cover the bill.

Landlord Jayant Mistry, 45, said: “This is the first year we have had to do this. We had a reserve cash fund to pay for the wardens, which was managed by the management company.

“It was going to be used for something like putting CCTV in the hallway, but that has to go.”

He said the cladding will also make the sale of his property harder if he ever wanted to put it up for sale.

He said: “First and foremost the tenants have to be safe. When you buy a property there has to be searches and now I’m obliged to say there is an issue with the cladding. People are going to run a mile and no-one will want to buy it.”

Bradford West MP Naz Shah, who raised the issue in Parliament this week during a Grenfell Tower debate, called for a swift resolution to the problem. Ms Shah said: “I would like residents to have some security and not the fear of a fire engulfing them.

“People who own the property are paying £1,000 a year each for a patrol and that’s coming out of a reserve for the building. If you don’t have the cladding removed it’s not fit for purpose.

“This was the right cladding until the Government changed the regulations, so they have moved the goalposts and the impact of Grenfell has been felt here. That leaves the residents exposed and vulnerable. The cladding needs to be removed immediately and the Government needs to step up.”

Mum-of-two Michelle Khan, 49, has lived in the block for five years with her daughters aged 12 and 13.

She said: “At first there was an initial shock, fear and panic.

“We had a meeting in City Hall back in the summer and we were told the cladding was not going to be removed.

“I was thinking ‘what are we going to do?’ This is a place we really love and I don’t want to move.

“In an ideal world I would like the cladding to go and the security to stay, because they make me feel safe.”

Resident John Holloway believes everyone should be found alternative accommodation. He said: “If it has failed a fire safety test then how is it safe to live in? They should get everyone out of here and into a hotel.”

The building is owned by Broadford Estates and the land is owned by Bradford Council.

Richard Worrell, a managing agent for Broadford Estates, declined to comment when approached by the Telegraph & Argus.

A spokesman for Yorkshire Housing, which has eight units in the building, said: “We are committed to ensuring tenant safety and are working closely with our tenants, the managing agent and West Yorkshire fire service at Landmark House.”

A Bradford Council spokeswoman said: “In line with national guidance, Broadford Estates who manage the building have put interim measures in place which have been agreed by both the WYFRS and the Council, to protect the continued safety of residents. The Council is working alongside WYFRS and in conjunction with Broadford Estates whilst the re-cladding of the building is planned and commissioned.”