Post-Grenfell safety checks lifted for homes without cladding

External wall fire reviews no longer required after thousands of flat owners’ sales left ‘in limbo’

Safety checks introduced after the Grenfell fire will no longer be required for homes in buildings without external cladding after thousands of owners were left “in limbo” by the requirement.

In the wake of the disaster, which claimed the lives of 72 people in 2017, surveyors acting for mortgage lenders began carrying out an external wall fire review – known as an EWS1 – on flats before they could be sold or remortgaged.

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