Information for leaseholders: EWS1 forms and remedial works

We’re updating this information following the recent government announcements about funding for remediation works in leaseholder homes.

Since the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, housing associations have been inspecting their buildings for safety concerns and remediating them as a priority. There is nothing more important to them than the safety of residents and they are committed to this above all else.

We know that the work to ensure homes are safe has caused distress and worry for all residents who have been affected. Leaseholders of flats in affected buildings are facing some particular issues, including:

  • The possibility of unacceptably large bills for remedial works.
  • Difficulty remortgaging, moving, or buying additional shares in their home because mortgage lenders are asking for information about their building in an External Wall System (EWS1) form.

We do not believe that leaseholders should have to pay for works that have been caused by a systemic failure of building regulations.

The government has recently announced measures to protect leaseholders from these costs. Following these announcements, and as new details are still emerging, we are updating our resources for leaseholders, including our FAQ document.

Our updated resources will be published here soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact your housing association or get in touch below.

Who to speak to

Victoria Moffett, Head of Building and Fire Safety Programmes