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You may find that your chosen mortgage lender is requesting an EWS1 form. If you live in a block over 18 metres tall your building will be on our programme for the work - check here for more details. If your building is under 18 metres tall (around 7 storeys) you won’t be able to get an EWS1 form as they are only for tall buildings.
Contact us for a copy of your fire risk assessment and speak directly with your mortgage broker or lender.
If your building is over 18 metres tall it will be part of phase one of our building safety programme. The work to complete the form can be complex and challenging – we can’t rely on the information from when the building was constructed so in most cases we have to physically open the walls to inspect them. There are a limited number of professionals qualified to carry out this work, and they are in high demand across the country.
We are doing our best to accelerate this work safely. If you are hardship because of the timing of the programme for your building please speak to us. We want to support our residents and recognise that this is stressful time for many. There may be other options that we can discuss with you that could help.
Together with our colleagues at the G15, a group of the largest housing associations in London, we will be calling on the new government to step in and provide clear guidance for both building owners and mortgage lenders on the proportionate implementation of their building safety advice notes.
Our hope is that this will reassure residents, encourage mortgage lenders to take a more considered view, and give building owners a reasonable and realistic timeframe in which to follow government advice.
We would like to reassure our residents that all our homes have an up-to-date Fire Risk Assessment. These are independently reviewed every year and any recommendations are dealt with immediately or, where appropriate, put into a programme of work to be completed within a suitable timeframe.