Cladding on flats
Leaseholders in apartment blocks which have cladding on them may have received letters from Remus informing them that “EWS1” surveys of the cladding are to be carried out. The requirement for a EWS1 certificate can be problematic particularly for those seeking to sell their apartment.
Useful information about cladding and surveys can be found on the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors website (RICS Cladding Q & A).
Further information about cladding issues can also be found on the website of the charity Leasehold Knowledge Partnership.
Both the above contain information about the responsibilities of the building owner.
Remus have confirmed that similar letters have been sent to the building owners (e.g Persimmon in the case of the apartment block at Ffordd yr Mileniwm.)
Remus have also explained that the surveys are likely to take place in the New Year in 2021 - with further more specialist surveys needed if it transpires that the cladding is not compliant.
Jane Hutt MS has been involved in efforts by the Welsh Government (& possibly the UK Government) to persuade mortgage lenders and banks that EWS1 certificates are not required for buildings less than 18 metres in height or where the amount of cladding is small.
The NHBC website also contains helpful information. The NHBC have stated (in response to a leaseholder in a Persimmon built block on the Waterfront):
“Should the cladding be deemed non-compliant, I can confirm that we would consider a claim under the Buildmark policies and would suggest that your Managing Agent contact us to discuss, when the results of the EWS1 survey are clear.
With regard to your policy, when an issue relates to multiple properties sharing responsibility for a common area, we take into account each of those policies and take a proportion of the financials from each policy – rather than just one. This is worked out by your lease and your apportionment share to the cladding or defective area.”