Further £three.5bn fund promised to repair unsafe high-rise cladding – this is what it means

Leaseholders can already get help from the Building Safety Fund

For leaseholders currently struggling to pay for cladding costs, the Government already has an existing £1 billion ‘Building Safety Fund’, which was unveiled last May. This issues grants targeted at supporting leaseholders facing significant cladding bills. You can find out more info on the scheme and how to apply on Gov.uk. 

Building owners can also apply for something called an EWS1 certificate, which was introduced after the Grenfell disaster, to confirm the cladding on their building is safe. Many mortgage lenders now require one of these in order to lend on flats in buildings which exceed 18 metres in height. Those in buildings without cladding no longer need an EWS1 form though, after changes made by the Government last year.  

This is a complicated area but there are various organisations and charities that can provide information for those affected by cladding issues. The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, for example, is a registered charity and secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group on leasehold and commonhold reform. It has a specific cladding information page on its website. 

Additional reporting from the Press Association. 

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