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Since the government advice was issued, some mortgage lenders have been asking for certification on any building they are asked to lend on, even if it is under 18 metres tall. This is affecting leaseholders who wish to sell, staircase or re-mortgage their homes in low-rise blocks and are unable to.
The EWS1 form is only for use on buildings over 18 metres tall, so if your building isn’t that height we cannot provide you with one. We will, however, be able to supply you with a relevant Fire Risk Assessment for your building.
We will be looking to extend our own programme of inspection to buildings under 18 metres tall, but this will not be in the immediate future as we must focus our resources on the areas covered by the government advice.