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Sep10

Which? News. Beware of Fake EWS1 Forms!

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WHICH Report on fake EWS1 External Wall Fire Review Forms

 

A WHICH? investigation has discovered that EWS1 forms are being forged and in the report states that they have evidence ‘that at least one firm has issued fake’ forms to several apartment buildings across the country.

WHICH reports that scammers have forged the names and signatures of qualified surveyors to pass and fail buildings and that some forms they have seen have been signed off by surveyors who simply don’t exist.

WHICH considers that the implications of faked forms could be huge. Apart from the risk of having an incorrectly rated building following the external wall fire review, mortgages and home insurances could be potentially be voided that have been agreed off the back of false documents.

 

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