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Almost 450,000 homeowners set to benefit from new EWS1 agreement

According to ‘Property Industry Eye’, owners of flats in buildings without cladding will no longer need an EWS1 form to sell or re-mortgage their property, following a new agreement reached between the government and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Regulations introduced to improve fire safety following the Grenfell fire had inadvertently left flat owners trapped in near-unsellable homes. After the Grenfell tragedy in June 2017, the rules implemented meant that mortgages for flats in buildings over 18m tall would only be approved if they had passed an External Wall Fire Review (EWS1) survey. However, the government and RICS have…

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Fraudulent EWS1 Forms

Which? magazine have just published a disturbing and important article, advising that scammers are signing off fraudulent EWS1 forms, sometimes adopting real Chartered Surveyor identities. The article sets out the many serious implications of fake EWS1 forms – the forms needed before a flat can be sold where a building has cladding (in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire).  This is a very serious matter and all managing agents, leaseholders and conveyancers are currently on high alert to spot fake forms. The Institute of Residential Property Management (IRPM) has reminded its members that they must NOT sign off EWS1 forms…

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