To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether it is Government policy to require mortgage lenders to obtain a valid EWS1 form from applications to satisfy lending criteria.
15 October 2020
The External Wall System process (EWS1) is designed and implemented by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in conjunction with mortgage lenders to assist with valuation of high-rise residential buildings. The use of the EWS1 form is determined by the lending policies of banks and building societies, although not all lenders require one. It is not a Government policy or regulatory requirement.