In response to recent contradictory announcements about the need to certify buildings without cladding the Government, last month, announced that people living in blocks of flats without cladding will no longer have to produce “an external wall system (EWS1) safety certificate if they want to sell their home or obtain a new mortgage.
The announcement was in response to news reports that thousands of flat owners have been told they face months, possibly years of being unable to sell or remortgage their homes because they do not have the necessary certification for their building.
Robert Jenrick, the Housing Secretary, claimed that he had the backing of UK Finance and the Building Society Associations, whose members provide the majority of UK mortgages. Despite the Government statement, these organisations have stated that they have not agreed to the announcement and that it changed nothing for buyers and sellers. The details and any agreement with mortgage providers remains unclear, but in our opinion some form of certification that the building does not have cladding will be required.
Producing an EWS1 form to certify the absence of cladding will help both flat owners and prospective purchasers and we are able to assist in this type of certification.