Our response to latest announcement on EWS1 forms


22 July 2021

We welcome the announcement by the Secretary of State for Housing that government will encourage lenders to take a more proportionate approach to EWS1 forms.

Through our lobbying work with the G15 group of housing associations, we’ve been pushing for a more proportionate approach for fire safety for some time. We’re really pleased to see government responding to these calls.

We know our leaseholders will have questions about what this news means for remediation works in their home. We’ve asked our independent fire safety engineers what impact this change will have on Optivo’s fire safety programme. We’re also waiting for more detailed guidance from government.

Once we’ve reviewed the details behind this announcement, we’ll provide a further update.

* We've further information for residents affected by the Government's updated advice notes on building safety here.