Cladding: Forged signatures on more flats' fire certificates

A forged signature was found on a fire safety certificate for Century Wharf near Cardiff Bay At least 15 more forged fire safety certificates have been linked to a company in Caerphilly county. Responding to concerns of fraudulent EWS1 forms raised in the Senedd, the first minister said police […] Click here to view original…

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At least 15 more forged fire safety certificates linked to Welsh company

Century Wharf in Cardiff. At least 15 more forged fire safety certificates have been linked to a company in Wales. After an investigation by WalesOnline revealed a forged signature was found on the fire safety certificate for a Cardiff block of flats, more evidence has surfaced about the wider extent of the problem. […] Click here to…

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Cladding: Forged signatures on more flats' fire certificates

A forged signature was found on a fire safety certificate for Century Wharf near Cardiff Bay At least 15 more forged fire safety certificates have been linked to a company in Caerphilly county. Responding to concerns of fraudulent EWS1 forms raised in the Senedd, the first minister said police […] Click here to view original…

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Minister refuses to rule out compulsory building purchases to fix flammable cladding

Building freeholders who refuse to fix unsafe and combustible cladding could face losing their property to a compulsory government purchase. Housing minister Christopher Pincher (pictured) confirmed the government was open to all options, potentially including compulsory purchases, to solve the issue. While government funds have been made available for […] Click here to view original…

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Boris Johnson hints at help for leaseholders in buildings under 18m hit by cladding issues

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is drawing up a new ‘risk matrix’ to help leaseholders unable to sell flats in blocks shorter than 18m with potentially dangerous cladding, the prime minister has said. Boris Johnson during prime minister’s questions (picture: Parliament TV) Sharelines Speaking during prime minister’s […] Click here to view original…

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Feature: Flat owners caught in mortgage trap

The Grenfell fire tragedy of June 2017, in which 72 people died, has highlighted fire safety issues with thousands of blocks of flats, exposed decades of lax building controls, and shone a light on a construction sector that focused on building properties fast and cheap. The fire spread quickly […] Click here to view original…

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RICS highlights importance of expertise required to sign off EWS1 forms

The EWS1 is a form introduced as part of a new External Wall Fire Review process valuing high-rise buildings. The EWS1 form was introduced in December last year in response to the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. The form designates whether the external wall of a building, or attachments […] Click here to view original…

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Scammers hijack EWS1 process with fake cladding inspection forms

Leaseholders are being duped into paying thousands of pounds to fraudsters faking inspection forms amid concerns over fire safety. Which? has evidence that at least one firm has issued fake External Wall Survey (EWS1) forms to several apartment buildings across the country. The forged forms, used to confirm whether […] Click here to view original…

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