Since late 2019, some leaseholders have had difficulties obtaining mortgages due to lenders and valuers needing independent certification that the building in which the property is meets the government’s building safety guidance with respect to the building’s external wall system.
This page provides information about our approach to this issue, our efforts to secure EWS1 forms for affected buildings, and our position on recharging for relevant building safety defects. The page also provides information about how to contact MTVH for more support.
MTVH will continue to organise inspections of buildings on a risk-based programme, ensuring residents are updated before their building is inspected and throughout the process that follows. If you have questions about your building, please contact our Safer Buildings department by emailing email@example.com.
Government announcements and new guidance from lenders and other parties means that this issue is continuing to develop. The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication. This page was last updated in March 2023.
The Building Safety Act 2022
The Building Safety Act 2022 (The Act) was passed into law on the 28 April 2022.
We have consistently called for government action to ensure leaseholders are protected from costs for building safety defects. Responsibility should lie with the original developers or contractors, and we are continuing to pursue options to recover costs from them for affected buildings wherever possible.
Where we are not the freeholder of a building, we will urge the responsible freeholder to do the same.
The Key Measures in the Building Safety Act
The Act features several key measures that will affect residents, MTVH, and the wider industry.
The Act outlines comprehensive protections for leaseholders preventing them from being recharged for any ‘relevant defects’.
The Act contains an option to recharge for certain elements of fire safety remediation. However, our position remains mitigating and protecting leaseholders from costs in relation to remediation of relevant building safety defects.
MTVH will not be passing on any cost for building safety remediation works to leaseholders in buildings above 11 metres or 5 stories in height. This includes any historic costs and costs for interim measures (such as temporary alarm installations and waking watch).
We have not changed our approach or commitment to hold developers or contractors to account by having them remediate buildings at their costs and/or recover costs from original contractors and developers. We will continue to hold any responsible party to recover costs if we have a legal basis to do so.
Note, works that are improvements (known as ‘betterment’) will be dealt with through normal processes contained in your lease.
New building safety regulator to improve industry standards and new construction materials regulator.
New ‘gateway’ programme which will not allow construction projects to progress without the correct documentation.
A named person/organisation who is responsible for all the relevant safety information and items at a building.
Residents will have increased powers to access safety information, and increased responsibilities to keep themselves and their neighbours safe and allow access for safety maintenance.
You can read the full details of the Building Safety Act 2022 on the Government website.
We continue to await confirmation on the next phase of the Building Safety Fund. MTVH will continue applying to the Fund where we are eligible to do so.
We know that MTVH leaseholders will be keen to understand what the protections outlined in the Building Safety Act mean for them. The government must provide building owners with the detail we need to confirm how the new funding approach will work. Our priority is to review the details of The Building Safety Act in full and the impact these will have on our residents. We will continue to provide specific updates directly to residents about their buildings and progress being made.