I'm a stranger to the UK nowadays, so can anyone tell me if the apartments/flats in that burned-out building were rented by their occupants or owned by them? It seems to me from this thread that there wasn't an effective Body Corporate there, or if there was, it was made up of owners and not owner-occupiers.
Also, do unoccupied properties over there still attract rates? Here in GodsOwn only private houses do that, not business premises.
As an aside, this thread is becoming similar to a lot of others on the wwweb, where personal insults take the place of reasoned argument.