Safety checks introduced after the Grenfell fire will no longer be required for homes in buildings without external cladding after thousands of owners were left “in limbo” by the requirement.
In the wake of the disaster, which claimed the lives of 72 people in 2017, surveyors acting for mortgage lenders began carrying out an external wall fire review – known as an EWS1 – on flats before they could be sold or remortgaged.
EWS1s were requested in some cases even if buildings did not have external cladding – one of the causes of the Grenfell fire – delaying the sales process and leaving many flat owners frustrated.
But the government announced on Saturday that the forms will no longer be necessary for buildings that do not have cladding, following an agreement with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), UK Finance and the Building Societies Association (BSA).
The housing secretary,