Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Reforming Building safety

This week the Conservative government has introduced significant reforms to building safety regulation and will change the law to give homeowners 15 years to seek redress for shoddy workmanship.

  • The landmark Building Safety Bill will give homeowners greater power in holding developers to account, and through our new Building Safety Regulator, we will ensure the highest of safety standards are met for high rise buildings from construction to occupation. 
  • The new building safety regime will be a proportionate one, ensuring those buildings requiring remediation are brought to an acceptable standard of safety swiftly, and reassuring the vast majority of residents and leaseholders in those buildings that their homes are safe.
  • The reforms will tackle bad practice head on, and the government is more than doubling the amount of time, from six to fifteen years, that residents can seek compensation for sub-standard construction work.
  • And exceptionally, this will be retrospective, so it applies to millions of current homeowners.

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