We have taken advice from fire engineers and the London Fire Brigade, and have been told that we have all the appropriate measures in place to ensure that residents remain safe at all times.
Why is this process taking so long?
We appreciate that this has been a long and drawn-out process for all residents. Once we understood that the three buildings in the N02 plot contained ACM material, we acted as soon as we could to ensure that all that material was removed as quickly as possible. This work was completed in December 2020.
Since then, we have been working to co-ordinate the work required in order to restore the panelling to the buildings in a safe and speedy manner. This work will begin on site on 17 May 2021 and will be completed by the end of the year.
Can I stay in my home during the repanelling work?
Yes, we think so. Due to the nature of the work needed, we think it is likely that we will be able to carry out the work without the need to move anyone out of their homes. But it does sometimes happen that we discover, in scoping and planning the work, that we may need access to the interiors of some homes. If that is necessary we will discuss this with you beforehand.
Who is paying for this work?
We were informed in April 2021 that the MHCLG had approved the EVML application for the Building Safety Fund. This means that the work that was undertaken in October 2021 to remove the ACM material, and the work just about to start to restore the 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 remortgage my home – how will this impact on that?
Leaseholders looking to sell, staircase or remortgage 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 be able to issue documentation which confirms the work being undertaken, and the projected timelines involved.
Based on the current work schedule, leaseholders in N02 can expect to receive a B1 rated EWS1 form by the end of 2021.
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.