Leaseholders who want to sell, re-mortgage or staircase
This page was last updated on 18 May 2021
This is a nationwide issue which is now affecting thousands of leaseholders. We know this includes some of our own leaseholders, and we are sorry for the upset and frustration that this must cause.
If you are concerned that your ability to re-mortgage, staircase or sell your home might be affected by these changes, we would encourage you to speak to your mortgage broker or financial advisor as not all lenders are taking the same approach and you may find another lender takes a different view.
My estate agent or lender is insisting I must have an EWS1 form for my building - is it the case that Triathlon Homes is refusing to issue EWS1 forms on some buildings?
Understandably anyone wanting to move will be feeling frustrated to hear that an EWS1 form is not currently available for their building, particularly if they are being advised by estate agents or mortgage brokers that the form is required.
The situation is confusing and concerning for many leaseholders and we share your concerns.
In some cases the external wall system assessment reveals that a building needs remedial work done to ensure it complies with the latest government guidelines. We will be working to get that work done before either an EWS1 form or its equivalent is issued.
If any of these situations are affecting you it might be helpful to bear in mind that EWS1 forms are not issued or produced by the landlord of a building as a matter of course or as a simple administrative exercise. They are technical certificates issued by qualified specialists and should only be issued on buildings over 18m or where there are specific concerns about the external wall system, and even then the forms are only issued after a full inspection has been carried out by the expert.
Supplying EWS1 forms or their equivalent
If we have an EWS1 form for a building we will always supply it to anyone who is in the process of selling or remortgaging. For all our other buildings we are working as fast as we can to get the necessary external wall system assessment work done to provide appropriate assurance of compliance with the government's building safety guidelines.
Please note that the decision to provide an EWS1 form does not affect the speed or order in which a particular building undergoes its external wall system assessment.