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Building safety measures come into force today

Words: Laura Edgar
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A series of measures set out in the Building Safety Act 2022 have come into force today (28 June).

The act aims to ensure that leaseholders will be legally protected from unfair bills to make their homes safe. Those responsible for historical safety defects, and those who own buildings, will be required to fund essential repairs.

So far, 45 of the UK’s biggest homebuilders have agreed to fix life-critical fire-safety defects on buildings that are 11 metres and taller in height that they have played a role in developing or refurbishing in the last 30 years.

Other measures in the act include new powers for the secretary of state to restrict the ability of irresponsible developers to build homes.

Levelling up secretary Michael Gove said: “Today marks a major turning point for building safety in this country, as we introduce a tough new regime to make homes safe and help rid the sector of bad practice once and for all.

“Hundreds of thousands of innocent leaseholders now have the legal protection they rightly deserve, freeing them from a financial burden they should never have faced.

“I’m pleased that most of the largest developers have agreed to play their part in solving this.

“But there is more to do – we are focusing intensively on work with lenders to unlock the mortgage market and empower leaseholders to take their next step on the property ladder, and we will remain vigilant if anyone fails to act on the pledges they have made.”

Gove has written to freeholders to remind freeholders that qualifying leaseholders now have protections in law from costs and that they will be acting illegally if they attempt to circumvent them. It also reminds freeholders of their responsibilities as part of the act.

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