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What’s happening in my block?

You might’ve seen some unfamiliar faces working in/outside your block? Here’s why:

What’s happening in my block?

We’ve arranged for specialist contractors to take an in-depth look at how the walls of your building have been made.

This doesn’t mean there is anything wrong. We have planned this work, and it’s part of a bigger fire safety programme going on across lots of B3Living buildings. Depending on where you are, you’ll see ladders, scaffolding or cherry pickers on site.

Also, depending on your building, we might be looking at cladding.

If you see the tradespeople taking small areas of the wall apart, this is ok. It’s part of their checks. They’ll put everything back to normal afterwards. There’s no charge for leaseholders.

Who will you see?

You might see any one of these contractors:

You can help them by giving them at least 2 metres space to work in, for COVID safety. They will carry ID, or you can contact us if you have any concerns.

Why are we checking this?

We want to be as robust as we can on fire safety. This means understanding more about the types of insulation used, types of cladding used, how materials in the wall are fitted, and how everything works together.

In the last few years there has been a lot more research and regulation around fire safety. So, there is a lot more guidance that we can make use.

Doing an external wall check doesn’t mean that we will need to do work to the building – we have had surveys back so far that didn’t recommend any changes.

But this will depend on the building. So, when we get them back, we will let you know what the survey said.

 

EWS1 forms – if you’re selling your home

The guidance on these forms changed recently – so if you’re in the process of selling your home, please contact our Leasehold team who can help you.

The issues around EWS1 forms did cause issues for some homeowners previously, and we're sorry that some customers experienced extra stress during what is already a demanding process. But we hope the new guidelines will resolve this.