The ongoing Inquiry into construction materials, including combustible cladding and insulation, has resulted in a major statutory reform. This includes the consolidation of building safety, fire safety and construction regulation. We have a track record of successfully advising house builders, developers, investors, contractors and other professionals in navigating this developing regulatory landscape.
The Building Safety Act 2022 (the Act) will have significant implications for residential developers, investors, contractors, construction professionals and their insurers.
Specifically, the Act:
- consolidates contradictory and outdated existing legislation under the Building Act, Defective Premises Act (DPA) and Building Regulations
- clarifies your obligations under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRO)
- sets out how construction of high-rise buildings should be controlled and managed. This applies across the planning, construction, management and occupation phases
- regulates building products where failure would risk serious injury or death
- protects leaseholders and occupiers where the need for remedial works arises from defective works
- gives developers and landowners options for claiming remediation costs from constructors whose work is defective
- extends the limitation periods to claim from parties responsible for defective works.
What you need to know now
Whilst the legislation has been passed, the majority of its provisions will not come into force for the next 12 – 18 months. However, it is worth noting that on 28 June 2022 the limitation period for claims under the Defective Premises Act 1972 was extended from 6 years to between 15 - 30 years.
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