The Building Safety Act 2022
The Building Safety Act 2022 came into force on Tuesday 28th June 2022, introducing a raft of new red tape and regulations for the building industry but protection for leaseholders.
The Building Safety Act 2022 came into force as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire in London, which happened in 2017. The legislation comes five years after the Grenfell Tower fire, which revealed that the building industry was unable to regulate itself and exposed the widespread practice of using flammable cladding systems on tall buildings.
Some 45 of the UK’s biggest housing developers have agreed to fix life-critical fire-safety defects on all buildings of, or higher than 11 metres, that they have played a role in developing or refurbishing in the last 30 years.
Levelling up secretary, Michael Gove said:
“Today marks a major turning point for building safety in this country, as we introduce a tough new regime to make homes safe and help rid the sector of bad practice once and for all, hundreds of thousands of innocent leaseholders now have the legal protection they rightly deserve, freeing them from a financial burden they should never have faced”
“I’m pleased that most of the largest developers have agreed to play their part in solving this. But there is more to do, we are focusing intensively on working with lenders to unlock the mortgage market and empower leaseholders to take their next step on the property ladder, and we will remain vigilant if anyone fails to act on the pledges they have made.”
“However, the Local Government Association (LGA) would like to see social housing tenants have the same protection that is now offered to homeowners.”
“If councils and housing associations are not protected from the cost of fixing dangerous cladding and other fire safety defects, those costs will inevitably fall on rent-payers,” said Cllr Darren Rodwell, the LGA’s housing spokesperson. “The government must also exempt social housing from the forthcoming levy.”
The government has also signed contracts for a new professional insurance indemnity scheme for building surveyors. This comes after underwriters took action to reign in what they considered to be excessive exposures. The new scheme will help assessors conduct external wall system (EWS1) fire risk assessments, restoring proportionality to the market.