We would like to reassure our residents their home is safe. We are in regular contact with the local fire service, and have taken all their advice and suggested measures to mitigate any risk to residents.
What is the EWS1 form for?
External Wall Surveys are intended for recording in a consistent manner what assessment has been carried out for the external wall construction of residential apartment buildings where the highest floor is 18 metres or more above ground level or where specific concerns exist on buildings lower than 18 metres.
The EWS1 form (or certificate) was developed by experts to help building owners record what assessment of the external wall construction of buildings has been carried out and the outcomes. Getting the information required to complete this form often requires significant intrusive testing of the fabric of the building. This is because to comply with current government safety guidelines, building owners cannot rely on the fact a building received Building Control sign off at the time it was built.
Many mortgage lenders will look at the EWS1 rating of a building in their decisions of whether to issue a mortgage on a property.
Can residents have a copy of the EWS1?
Residents should be aware that an EWS1 form/certificate has not yet been issued for the building and so we cannot yet supply this to residents. Once it has been issued by the assessors, we will ensure it is available for our residents.
What happens next?
EVML has commissioned an engineer and designer to produce a fully costed specification that we can submit to the MHCLG Building Safety Fund ahead of the 30 June 2021 deadline.
Will leaseholders be charged for the costs of the building safety work?
We will do all we can to protect leaseholders from these costs.
EVML has made applications to the Building Safety Fund and the Waking Watch Relief Fund and is awaiting news on those applications from MHCLG.
The purpose of the Waking Watch Relief Fund is to cover the costs for installing the common alarm system which will allowed us to remove the requirement for a Waking Watch.
At this stage the fund has not provided further guidance on the estimated timescales for review, however we will continue to provide updates on this matter then we have further news. However, we do anticipate that due to the number of applications being made across the UK, it is likely that we will have to wait some time before we hear whether these applications have been successful.
We have begun the section 20 process to recoup costs from residents as a legal requirement, so that if funding is not available from a third party, the project to complete the safety work is not delayed.
We are a long way from that stage yet, and we remain determined to follow all possible routes of funding before we pass anything onto leaseholders.
Doesn't the reserve, or sinking fund, cover the work that is required?
Some residents have raised the possibility of using the reserve, or “sinking” fund, as a way of offsetting costs to residents.
At East Village, the sinking fund is used for two main purposes, the long-term maintenance and repair of the blocks (lift renewal etc.) and shorter term projects such as the decoration programme. The fund is held by EVML on your behalf and audited annually. Some residents would like to draw on these funds for the fire safety work. However, on an East Village wide level, using the sinking funds for the fire safety works would leave the fund unable to meet the future obligations to repair the blocks.