The investigation work required at Parkside Place will be split into two parts.
The first will involve undertaking an External Wall Survey across 24-25 June 2021. We anticipate being able to update on the findings by the end of September 2021.
The second part will be to carry out more intrusive surveys of the block (internally). This will be within the communal areas and it is also common for a sample amount of flats to be surveyed as well. We do not have a date for when this survey will be carried out however when we do we will update this microsite with more information.
How have you measured my building?
Whilst it is logical to measure from the top to the bottom of a building, buildings are measured in line with the building regulations.
Building regulations measure from the floor height of the top floor living space down to the lowest point the building meets the ground. This may be street level, or may include any below-ground living space or building area, such as a car park or storage level.
This diagram, from Building Regulations Approved Document B, shows how a building is measured for these purposes.
Can I have a copy of the EWS1 form for the building?
At this point in time, we do not have an EWS1 form for Parkside. This will not be available until after the survey work and any required remedial work has been completed.
Does this mean that I'm unable to sell or remortgage my home until the surveys take place?
If you are looking to sell or remortgage now, hearing that surveys are planned many months into the future will not be the news you wanted to hear.
RICS has been working with the government as this issue is preventing many people across the country from buying, selling, or remortgaging. RICS has issued further guidance, effective from 5 April, to try to provide greater clarity on the need for and use of EWS1 forms. This may mean your lender will not require an EWS1 form.
We would initially suggest you contact your lender in light of the new guidance to understand their requirements. Different lenders are likely to amend requirements at different times.
What happens next?
As our Building Safety Programme moves forward, we will keep in contact with all Parkside residents to advise them of when they can expect surveying work to take place. We will regularly update this microsite with new information and documents as they become available.
Will leaseholders be charged for the costs of any remedial work?
Your safety is our first priority. As a matter of principle we want to assure you that questions about how building safety remedial work is funded never stand in the way of us getting that work done.
However the costs of any work required do need to be funded from somewhere. We will do all we can to protect leaseholders from these costs by seeking to recover these from those responsible for any building defects or from the government if this is possible.
We will investigate the potential to claim these costs from a third party, where this is available.
We are a charitable housing association and the way we are run and how we spend our money is regulated by the government. What this means in practice is that if we cannot find an alternative source of reimbursement for the costs of the remedial work then we have no choice but to seek to recover costs under the terms of your leases. This is because the way we spend our money is subject to strict rules and we are not permitted to write off these costs if there is a alternative option. This is never our preferred way forward and we understand that this may be concerning for leaseholders. We hope that this will not be necessary but it would be wrong not to be clear about the possibility at this stage.
How can I find out more?
We'll be updating these pages whenever there is new information.