Information for leaseholders: EWS1 forms and remedial works

What are EWS1 forms, why can obtaining them be difficult, and what are housing associations doing to resolve this critical issue?

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 upset 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 should their landlord not be able to access government funding or successfully claim through their insurance or building warranty scheme.
  • 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 – in some cases even in buildings with no safety concerns.

We do not believe that leaseholders should have to pay for works that have been caused by a systemic failure of building regulation. We give our full support to the End Our Cladding Scandal campaign and its aims, having been one of its original signatories.

We also know that leaseholders are often having difficulties remortgaging, moving, or buying extra shares in their home because mortgage lenders are asking for specific information about their building in an External Wall System (EWS1) form.

Housing associations are committed to doing whatever we can to find solutions to this critical issue.

In these pages you will find information on:

What EWS1 forms are and why they are hard to obtain.
   

What housing associations are doing to support leaseholders and find a solution to the problem.

What leaseholders can do to help

   

Frequently asked questions

   

You can also download our briefing which summarises the information included on these pages.

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