The Bill is published in response to the Grenfell Tower fire, which in 2017Â claimed 72 lives.Â TheÂ tragedyÂ exposedÂ seriousÂ failingsÂ in building andÂ managingÂ high-rise homes. The government accepted the recommendations of the Hackitt review and is also consulting on its Fire Safety BillÂ and fire safety.Â Click here to see a full copy
- NationalÂ regulatorÂ for building safety/ Building Safety Regulator:Â a new nationalÂ regulatorÂ for building safety will make sure accountable persons carry out their duties properly. The nationalÂ regulatorÂ for building safety will be based within the Health and Safety Executive. They will have powers to raise and enforce higher standards of safety and performance across all buildings.Â The regulator will have threeÂ mainÂ functions to:
- oversee the safety and standard of all buildings
- directlyÂ assure the safety of higher-risk buildings
- improve the competence of peopleÂ responsible for managing andÂ overseeing building work.
- Accountable person: theÂ Draft Bill makes someone the accountable person.Â Responsible for keeping residentsÂ safe inÂ high rise buildingsÂ [those 18 metres and above]. The accountable person will also have toÂ listen and respond toÂ residentsâ€™Â concerns. For in-scope buildings, registered for the first time, the accountable person will be required to conduct and maintain a safety case risk assessment and appoint a Building Safety Manager toÂ oversee day to day running.
- Building Safety Manager: a building safety manager will be appointed to oversee day to day running of an in-scope building.
- Building Assurance Certificate: whenÂ an in-scope building is first occupiedÂ itÂ will need to be registered with theÂ Building Safety RegulatorÂ and get a Building Assurance Certificate.
- Historic repairs: leaseholders will not have to pay unaffordable costs for historic repairs. The government will continue to engage with stakeholders, including leaseholders, on this issue while the draft Bill is being scrutinised.Â They will workÂ with the finance and insurance industries to prevent the bill falling on tax-payers.
- Building safety charge: a new building safety charge will address insurance issues designed to make it easier for leaseholders. Powers are included in the Bill to limit the costs that can be re-charged to leaseholders.
- Materials: the government will have new powers to regulate constructionÂ materials and products and ensure they are safe to use.
- Residentsâ€™ panels: the regulator will appoint a panel ofÂ residents who will have a voice inâ€¯the development ofÂ itsÂ work.
- Access to information: residentsÂ and leaseholders willÂ have access to safety information about their buildingÂ andÂ new complaintsÂ handlingÂ requirements will be introduced.
- New Homes Ombudsman: a New Homes Ombudsman will be introduced for complaints about new builds with developers required to be a member of the scheme. The New Homes Ombudsman will be able to require developers to pay compensation.
- Building inspectors: building inspectors responsible for signing off buildings as safe for people to live inÂ will also have toÂ followÂ theÂ new rulesÂ and must register withÂ the regulator.
Next steps – pre-legislative scrutiny
The government is keen to receive furtherÂ views fromÂ parliamentarians,Â residents and industry viaÂ theÂ ParliamentaryÂ process ofÂ pre-legislative scrutinyÂ beforeÂ the BillÂ is introduced to Parliament.
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