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Conveyancing Association issues cladding guidance to member firms

  • 20/01/2022
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Conveyancing Association issues cladding guidance to member firms
The Conveyancing Association (CA) said its guidance on cladding was created for its member firms so they could know what to look for and advise their clients and lenders.

This follows an update from secretary of state for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, writing to developers giving them until March to figure out how they would remove dangerous cladding from buildings. 

The CA guidance covers information on the External Wall System (EWS1) form, explaining what it is and its shelf life. 

It also contains a checklist for conveyancers to follow, detailing the steps that should be completed and a list of relevant bodies which are able to issue an EWS1. 

The CA said because a building safety regulator would be created as part of the Building Safety Act, the guidance would need regular updating. 

Beth Rudolf (pictured), director of delivery at the Conveyancing Association, said: “Understandably, the issue of cladding has been a key one for all conveyancing firms, especially as the official guidance shifts and government legislation impacts on property requirements particularly for EWS1 forms.” 

She said that after years of stonewalling, there was finally some movement which could mean leaseholders in buildings over 11 metres high would not have to pay for the removal of cladding themselves.  

Rudolf added: “Clarity is however still required and conveyancers need to ensure they are fully aware of the rules and what they mean. As such, we have produced this guidance for conveyancers in order to help them through the process and, while it is not exhaustive, it should provide a pathway to follow to protect them, their clients and the lender involved.  

“We are also recommending members check regularly for updates on the RICS and websites, and by doing this and utilising this new guidance, they will be much more confident on the requirements with such properties.” 

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