Cladding red tape stops people selling homes

Cladding red tape  stops people selling homes
Young and vulnerable people are stuck with homes they can t sell because of red tape around cladding, a leaseholders charity says.

Many high-street lenders ask for an EWS1 form as proof that cladding is safe but leaseholders say they are struggling to get hold of the form.

The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership says cladding problems have blocked tens of thousands of flat sales.

The government says the forms are often not needed for low-rise buildings.

After 72 people died in the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, the government pledged safe alternatives to dangerous cladding would be provided on all buildings taller than 18m by June this year.

But the public accounts committee says only 155 out of 455 high-rise buildings with similar cladding to Grenfell have had it replaced.

A new target to complete the work has been set for the end of 2021 but the committee of MPs says the delay has resulted in thousands of people being "condemned to lives of stress and fear".
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