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London Open House on Golden Lane Estate: register now at Across the estate

September 10, 2022 to September 11, 2022
London Open House is back at Golden Lane this year Deadline for getting involved: 1st June. Save the date for the event: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September. If you would like to open your flat, here are the details for finding out more and for registration. If you would like to get involved in community aspects of Open House like leading guided tours, please contact Paul Lincoln - imaginegoldenlane@gmail.comSee More
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Hello, as a leaseholder for almost 5 years on the estate (Hatfield House) I'm looking to remortgage to stay longer, however all of the lending banks are asking for an "EWS1 Form".

  • The "EWS1 Form" has become a requirement for some blocks in the UK (but not for any on Golden Lane Estate) since the Grenfell Tower fire disaster. It checks that any cladding is safe
    • Golden Lane Estate has no cladding with any of the flammable materials listed in the EWS1 survey, so the lending banks are being excessively "cautious" here
    • It appears GLE doesn't have any documentation of this because it was all built in the 50s/60s and has not been touched since
  • Despite this, almost all banks are refusing a (re)mortgage without this form for Hatfield Hous
  • My understanding is that getting an EWS1 survey and form takes months and quite a large fee (thousands of pounds)

Has anyone managed to (re)mortgage on the estate recently and find a way around this EWS1 Form request?

Or is anyone going through similar issues and we could work together to find a solution?! 

Also, the above is a warning for anyone planning to (re)mortgage...it seems difficult to do that or even sell at the moment

Thanks in advance!

George

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Yes. I imagine they were counting basement. Over 5 floors in a block of our type is not acceptable under some lenders’ policies
Seen that fire risk assessment, yes thanks. The message is clear but I understand no lenders will pay any attention to that
Really useful to have that letter for why an EWS1 isn’t needed. Might take a while to get but once we have one, other leaseholders in the block can probably use it!!

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