What does Building Safety Act 2022 cover?

The Building Safety Act 2022 is a significant piece of legislation in the UK aimed at improving building safety and regulatory standards, particularly in response to the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. Here are the key aspects of the Act:

New Regulatory Framework

The Act establishes a more stringent regulatory framework for building safety, introducing a Building Safety Regulator (BSR) within the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The BSR is tasked with overseeing the safety and performance of buildings, ensuring compliance with safety standards, and enforcing regulations.

Higher-Risk Buildings

The Act defines “higher-risk buildings” as those that are at least 18 meters tall or have at least seven stories. These buildings are subject to more rigorous safety requirements, including a new regime for the design, construction, and occupation phases.

Dutyholders and Accountable Persons

The Act introduces the concepts of dutyholders and accountable persons who are responsible for ensuring building safety throughout the lifecycle of a building. These roles include designers, contractors, and building owners, who must comply with safety obligations and maintain safety standards.

Building Safety Certificates

Higher-risk buildings must obtain Building Safety Certificates, which require regular safety assessments and the implementation of safety measures. This ensures ongoing compliance with safety standards and the proper maintenance of safety systems.

Residents’ Rights and Duties

The Act enhances the rights of residents to be informed about and involved in the safety of their buildings. It also imposes duties on residents to cooperate with building safety measures.

Construction Products Regulations

The Act establishes new regulations for construction products, ensuring they meet safety standards. This includes the creation of a national regulator for construction products to oversee compliance.

Building Control Reform

The Act reforms the building control system, improving the competence and accountability of building inspectors. It introduces a new framework for building control bodies and strengthens the oversight of building control activities.

Liability and Redress

The Act extends the period during which developers can be held liable for defective work from six to 15 years. This aims to provide greater protection for homeowners and ensure accountability for construction defects.

Leaseholder Protections

The Act provides protections for leaseholders from bearing the full cost of remediation work for unsafe cladding and other safety issues. It places more financial responsibility on developers and building owners.

The Building Safety Act 2022 represents a comprehensive overhaul of building safety regulations in the UK, aiming to prevent future tragedies and ensure the safety and well-being of residents in higher-risk buildings.

It is important to ensure the safety of a property before purchasing or moving in. The process can be complicated and time-consuming. Our conveyancing solicitors are happy to help, please feel free to contact us.

*This article is not legal advice but provides a general overview. The specific details of your case will determine the best course of action.