Hundreds of thousands of homeowners trapped in Grenfell's range of disguises are finally able to sell their properties
- Some homeowners have had to have an external fire safety test carried out before selling
- People could wait months or even years for a surveyor to assess
- The government says the forms are not needed for buildings without cladding
Given the huge demand for an EWS1 that was required after the high-rise fire tragedy in West London that killed 72 people, people could wait months or even years for a surveyor's assessment
Hundreds of thousands of homeowners involved in the Grenfell disguise scandal are finally able to sell their properties after the government eases rules.
Homeowners are stuck with a regulation that requires surveyors to perform a fire test on the outside wall, known as EWS1, before an apartment can be sold or relocated.
Given the huge demand for an EWS1 that was required after the high-rise fire tragedy in West London that killed 72 people, people could wait months or even years for a surveyor's assessment.
But the government announced yesterday that the forms are no longer required for buildings without cladding.
However, moving does not help those in apartments with flammable cladding.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “Through no fault of their own, some homeowners have not been able to sell or rebook their homes and this must not continue. Because of this, the government made an agreement that the EWS1 form would not be required for buildings with no cladding, providing reassurance for the nearly 450,000 homeowners who may have felt floating. "
Activists had highlighted the problems of huge insurance premiums, the increased cost of fire alarm clocks and the delays in removing life-threatening cladding from buildings.
The government will also provide £ 700,000 to train more appraisers and avoid delays for homeowners who still need an EWS1 form.