Building Safety Act
Building safety is part of an ever-changing policy landscape. Our government regularly updates policies or makes new announcements which affects our building safety programme. You can find the major Government announcements below and what they mean.
Leasehold protections checker
Building Safety Fund
A new Building Safety Fund worth £4.5bn has been reopened for applications for buildings that are taller than 18 metres with cladding issues.
For buildings between 11 - 18 metres, where the original developer or building owner cannot be identified or held responsible, the government said an additional scheme would be launched soon.
A new online ‘leaseholder protections checker’ tool, set up by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, aims to support leaseholders in understanding whether they qualify for financial protections under the Building Safety Act.
Building Safety Act - April 2022
Known as the 'biggest change to building safety in a generation' the Building Safety Act was passed in April 2022. The act is designed to improve the quality of the construction process, give residents more rights and to legislate for protections for leaseholders. The below are the headlines:
- Leaseholder charges - Qualifying leaseholders will pay nothing to remove dangerous cladding, and the amount they can be asked to contribute to fixing other historical building safety defects is firmly capped. Non-cladding related building safety service charges will be capped over the next five years
- Building Safety Regulator - a Building Safety Regulator will exist to ensure buildings are built according to the new regulations. They will oversee the 'gateway' process - a three stage process where developers must submit documents to the regulator before they can progress to the next stage of construction. Buildings cannot progress until the regulator has given their approval. All high risk buildings must be registered with the regulator and provide a Building Safety Case which is a standardised list of documents and safety information for a building. There will also be a new Construction Materials Regulator to ensure the materials used in buildings meet the relevant standards.
- Resident Panel - the regulator will establish a Residents Panel to consult with a group of residents on any of the regulator's functions
- Resident responsibilities - all residents will have a new obligation to not endanger their home, building and neighbours and to not interfere with fire safety equipment. Breaches of this obligation could result in fines or court action. Residents will also have an increased obligation to allow access to their property for the repair and maintenance of fire safety equipment, but also have established standards of how much notice they must be given
- Named person - a named person or organisation who will be responsible for all safety related issues within a building. They have additional powers to gain access to people's homes for safety maintenance and must also provide residents with all the relevant safety information requested in a timely manner