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Building Safety bill

The Building Safety Bill sets out safety requirements for landlords of high-rise buildings.

High-rise buildings are:

  • at least 18m or 7 storeys high,
  • with 2 or more residential units.

The safety rules cover the different stages of building:

  • design stage,
  • planning stage,
  • construction stage
  • whilst tenants and leaseholders live in a building

When will the Building Safety Bill become law?

It will become law around April 2022 to July 2022.

It will be enforceable 12 to 18 months after that.

Tenants and leaseholders

The Bill outlines what tenants and leaseholders must do around:

  • personal building safety responsibilities for your home and communal areas,
  • Building Safety Charge (payable by leaseholders who have leases for at least 7 years.)

Tenants and leaseholders in high-rise blocks will receive a resident engagement strategy.

Landlords

A new Building Safety Regulator will be set up to oversee building owners of high-rise buildings carrying out their building safety responsibilities.

New Homes Ombudsman

The Bill will create a “New Homes Ombudsman”. They will help with disputes that new homeowners may have with their building’s developers.

More information about the Bill