The Building Safety Bill has been published – what happens next?


The long-awaited Building Safety Bill designed to improve safety and rights for leaseholders has drawn both criticism and praise since its publication yesterday. How quickly will the proposed reforms take effect? Carl Brown explains

The Building Safety Bill, which runs to a formidable 208 pages, arrived yesterday and is being talked about by ministers as a landmark piece of legislation.

The government says the complex bill will “create lasting generational change” to the way residential buildings are constructed and maintained.

Proposals include a new building safety regulator with the power to remove products from the market, a requirement for developers to remain members of a New Homes Ombudsman Scheme, a retrospective right for leaseholders to sue developers for up to 15 years after a home is completed, and a legal requirement for building owners to explore alternatives to passing remediation costs on to leaseholders.


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