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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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Grenfell continued – The importance of educating residents on the impact of their actions by Nick Coombe

Following on from our article yesterday where Dame Judith Hackitt spoke about Grenfell, we now hear from Nick Coombe, Protection Vice Chair, National Fire Chiefs Council with his thoughts. “I think it was clear after what happened at Grenfell that residents felt they were mistreated and betrayed for a number of reasons. Our role is to try and regain that confidence. Some of you will be thinking, that’s fine, but some people don’t want to be engaged with. And we have to accept that as well, that not every resident wants to know everything.  Some residents only stay for a…

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Where are we two years on from Grenfell

Where are we two years on from Grenfell?

Dame Judith Hackitt, who led the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety in 2017, discussed the importance of resident engagement on fire safety matters at a recent seminar. Dame Judith Hackitt, said:  “Despite the fact the Review is complete and the recommendations are being implemented – all of them – I’m delighted to say by the Government, I think it’s really important we keep this dialogue going because the longer we go post-Grenfell, the more concerned I become that we will allow this to fall away and we will not respond appropriately to change this broken system or ours.…

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