The safety of our customers is our priority. In this section you can find out more about our building safety programme, the government's response to Grenfell Tower, EWS1 forms and some of the issues that have come about as an indirect result, particularly those affecting leaseholders and people wishing to purchase flats.
Residents may be aware of statements made by the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP on 9 January 2022 regarding his proposed plans to enforce “polluter pays” legislation to ensure that developers pay for the removal of cladding material on buildings of 11-18metres in height.
Once details of any available funding for lower-rise buildings are confirmed, we will ensure that all appropriate applications are made to any funds that become available, and will update residents in individual buildings in due course.
We are aware of the potential implications of the Building Safety Bill, which was introduced in the House of Commons in 2021, and of resultant media speculation about what this will mean for leaseholders. We are monitoring the progress of the Bill with interest, and will ensure that our work with residents is adherent to any new legislation. It is important to note that this Bill has not passed through the required legislative process and is not yet law. The Act is unlikely to receive Royal Assent and become law until 2023 at the earliest.
You may have seen that there was also a written ministerial statement on 21 July 2021 regarding EWS1 forms. Please note this is separate from the Building Safety Bill. In summary, seven major UK lenders have now agreed that they will not require EWS1 forms for buildings under 18metres. However, this does not necessarily mean that all buildings under 18metres can be considered ‘safe.’ The industry will need time to consider the implications of this change in policy and it may be several months before we start seeing whether it is effective. Again, we will monitor this situation and let residents know of any implications.
On 29 April 2021, the government’s Fire Safety Bill became law. The passing of this bill means that building owners or managers of multi-occupied residential buildings must conduct a fire risk assessment for each building and take steps to reduce the risk of fire spreading. Southern Housing Group already has an up-to-date Fire Risk Assessment for each of our buildings.
As a responsible landlord, we have an ongoing programme in place to check our buildings and carry out any work required to ensure that our buildings comply with the government guidance. We are making applications to the Government’s Building Safety Fund for all eligible buildings. This fund is intended to cover the costs of works related to fixing defects in the external wall system. Read more
More info, the government's response and our responseExplore
Building safety programme
We have a programme to inspect and work on affected buildingsExplore
The current active buildings in the programmeExplore
Buildings under 18 metres tall
Low-rise buildings have different requirementsExplore
Buildings over 18 metres
The work required for tall buildings (over 18 metres, or about 7 storeys tall) is different from shorter buildingsExplore
Some leaseholders may find it hard to sell, re-mortgage or staircase their home due to lender requirementsExplore