Changes to the Defective Premises Act 1972 and the Building Act 1984
The Building Safety Act 2022 is the Government’s response to the tragic Grenfell fire, and the first parts of the Act came into force on 28 June 2022. While the focus has been on safety in residential units, developers and landlords of mixed-use properties will also need to comply with the new rules or they may need advice on historic developments since 1992. Secondary legislation and guidance will be released over the next few months and years. However, the primary legislation will deliver more significant protection for leaseholders and change building rules.
One of the key changes to affect the sector will be the introduction of two new main regulators:
Building Safety Regulator (BSR) – A significant change within the act is the new Building Safety Regulator (BSR), in which the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will “enforce a new, more stringent” regulatory rule on the safety and performance of “high-rise” buildings in scope in England.
Construction Products Regulator – In addition to the BSR, another new regulator will enforce construction products.
The National Regulator for Construction Products will conduct market surveillance to spot and remove unsafe materials faster, plus conduct and commission its product testing to investigate non-compliance.