Fire Industry Association EWS1 Portal
The Fire Industry Association offers help with the EWS1 forms assisting sales, recent agreement with the Government, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), UK Finance and the Building Societies Association (BSA) the requirement for a EWS1 Form has been removed when selling, mortgaging and remortgage of flats and apartments which don’t have cladding.
The Fire Industry Association provides an online portal where buyers, sellers, lenders, insurers having an interest in a particular long-leasehold flat for apartment in high rise buildings can now search for buildings by postcode will be able to view an existing form if registered which can be download the EWS-1 form, free of charge. buildingsafetyportal.co.uk
No cladding, no need for an EWS1 form
“It’s great to see the industry responding to these challenges” said Jon Limer of Peninsula Fire Safety. “There are real issues to be resolved with the highrise buildings with cladding” he continued “But it is essential that other buildings without cladding can be bought and sold. This move its now freeing up the market.”
Fire safety still applies to all blocks of flats and apartments, whatever the size or number of units. There is a legal obligation to have a relevant Fire Risk Assessment in place and to keen it relevant and reviewed ongoing.
Blocks of apartments and flats are generally large, complex buildings even when not high-rise. Fire safety is essential and in everyone’s interest. Directors of the Residents Management Company are generally volunteers, who may have the responsibility to comply with this requirement along with and block managers and landlords. There is a great deal at stake and is far from just form filling emphasised Jon Limer.
Our considerable experience and expertise enables us to see threats and risks perhaps not immediately obvious and in addition to highlighting any issues a solution is required. We always welcome a call from anyone who is unsure of their fire safety and very happy to have an informal chat, in confidence and without obligation. We want people to be safe.