EVML have taken advice from fire engineers and the London Fire Brigade. All the appropriate measures are in place to ensure residents remain safe at all times.
Why is this process taking so long?
We appreciate that this has been a long process for all residents. Once EVML understood the buildings in the plot contained ACM material, they acted to ensure that all that material was removed quickly. This work was completed in December 2020.
Since then, we have been working to co-ordinate the work required in order to restore new panelling to the buildings in a safe and speedy manner. The work has now begun and will be completed this winter.
Can I stay in my home during the repanelling work?
We may need access to some homes where there is lighting on the affected balconies. We’ll contact you to arrange a suitable appointment.
Who is paying for the ACM replacement work?
We were informed in April 2021 that the MHCLG had approved the EVML application for the ACM Remediation Fund. This means that the work that was undertaken in October 2021 to remove the ACM material, and the work to install new panelling will be covered by government funds.
It is possible that additional work will be required once the work starts so we are unable to give you an exact indication of the likely costs. If more work is required, we will, of course, seek to obtain funding for this work where we can. As soon as we have some more information, we will give you an indication of the cost.
I’m trying to sell or re-mortgage my home – how will this impact on that?
Leaseholders looking to sell, staircase or re-mortgage may be asked by their lender or potential buyer for a copy of the EWS1 form.
Leaseholders in N02 may find that they will need to wait until this work is completed until they can get the paperwork to satisfy their lender or buyer. As soon as we have a timeline for this, we will inform residents.
We are finding that some lenders will lend on a property if they can be sure that there is a clear plan in place to undertake remedial work. If this is the case with your chosen lender, please get in touch with us, and we will issue documentation which confirms the work being undertaken, and the projected timelines involved. We may not be able to answer all lenders questions, but we will try to facilitate this process for you.
Based on the current work schedule, leaseholders in Karner House can expect to receive a B1 rated EWS1 form by the end of 2021.
We are hopeful that we will also be able to provide leaseholders in Zeller House and Meander House with an EWS1 form with a B1 rating at the end of the current works. However, we are also waiting for additional information about mitigating measures (such as smoke alarms) to enable the blocks to pass without the need for remedial work.
Further evaluation has been undertaken by the fire engineers. We are currently waiting for feedback from independent fire risk assessors. This will inform the scope of any work and/or mitigating measures to address the issues in the external wall system. As soon as we hear, we will let you know.
What is the latest RICS EWS1 guidance for these buildings?
As all of the blocks in N02 are over 18m, they are not affected by recent changes to RICS guidance. They still require an EWS1 form.
How can I find out more?
We'll be updating these pages whenever there is new information.