Got a question about cladding or the EWS1 form?
To get the clarity you need, take a look at this Cladding Q&A published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
The questions about cladding (External Wall Systems) and the EWS1 form include:
- What is an External Wall System?
- What is the EWS process/form?
- Does each flat/apartment have to get an individual EWS form for selling, buying or remortgaging?
- How does the EWS form factor into the buying, selling or remortgaging of a flat/apartment?
- If the building owner has not proactively tested the external wall materials, what does the seller need to do?
- Can the buyer or seller initiate the EWS process if the building owner has not?
- If the building owner will not undertake the required assessment, what can the owner/lender/valuer do?
- Who carries out the EWS assessment, what is their expertise and how many experts are there?
- How will the assessment be carried out?
- Why is an EWS assessment required every 5 years?
- What happens if the EWS assessment identifies that remedial works are required?
- Does the EWS assessment cover general fire safety measures?
- Does a nil valuation mean a flat is worthless?