When is an EWS1 form not an EWS1 form?

We’ve been made aware of a situation where a freeholder obtained a EWS1 form for a site that we manage, and where the EWS1 has been rejected by a buyer’s lender because the person providing the form wasn’t appropriately qualified. Given the mess that the industry and some of our customers finds themselves in, issues…

WORDS MATTER

I’m constantly reminded of how different people read things differently; Boris Johnson recently answered a question at PMQ’s that “mortgage companies should realise that they (EWS1 forms) are not necessary for buildings under 18 metres….” The problem is that the government guidance and the RICS say that all buildings of any height may need to…

BRINGING CHRISTMAS CHEER

We work hard to create communities in the buildings we look after. It can be lonely living in an apartment when you don’t know your neighbours and there are no shared social spaces. One of the ways we do this is using private Facebook Groups so people can come together, borrow a cup of sugar,…

Handling the EWS form with Leaseholders

In recent months we’ve been working our way through Bloq’s portfolio and assessing which buildings require an inspection and an EWS form. We’ve encountered a mixture of emotions and reactions from our customers, ranging from resistance to us carrying out the inspection because, “It’s not compulsory” through to owners looking to sell asking, “Why haven’t…

Running with the changes

We’ve all been massively disrupted by the Coronavirus outbreak and the measures taken to contain it.   Despite the changes that affect our business, our staff, our clients and the way we need to work, Bloq still have an essential job to do in maintaining buildings and keeping our customers homes safe for them. More…

COVID-19 Working From Home

I write this sat at my makeshift desk in my kitchen. I have a “proper” desk in my lounge but the sun doesn’t get there until later in the day and I prefer to work where it’s light and bright. My son is sat beside me doing maths probability homework and I am encouragingly supporting…

KNOWING WHEN WE’RE NOT THE RIGHT SOLUTION

Block Management is a practical and positive solution for any properties that have a communal area. In a block of apartments this is an easy and natural solution to ensure the property is maintained and managed to a standard that protects the leaseholders investment, ensures the standards are kept high for the freeholder and offers…

BLOQ REAPPOINTED AT VESTRY HALL

Bloq are pleased to announce that we have been reappointed as block managers for Vestry Hall in Bristol. Bloq previously managed these 24 apartments in a creative development in Pennywell Road 2 years ago, but a change of freeholder brought an enforced change of agent. At the request of the leaseholders we’ve been invited back…