Keeping tenants and leaseholders safe – the immediate challenge

By Ian Doolittle and Rebecca Rees | 02 April 2020

Comment pieces like this usually focus on how the building safety regime will change after the Grenfell tragedy. It is true that councils need to monitor the legislative changes. A Bill broadening the Fire Safety Order has just been introduced and a Building Safety Bill, based on the Hackitt report, will be introduced later this year. But the main features are already well known.

The new regime is likely to apply to new (or substantially refurbished) residential buildings over 18 metres / six storeys high, with a roll-out of obligations to other in-scope buildings, i.e. those where people sleep. Responsibility will lie with the ‘duty holder’ (during construction or refurbishment) and the ‘accountable person’  (during occupation).  The new Building Safety Regulator will have tough enforcement powers where there is a failure to comply.

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