Bishop & Sewell

The Building Safety Act 2022 came into force on 28th April 2022 and makes a number of major changes to the regime for the safe management and construction of ‘high risk’ buildings.

We were delighted to host a conversation today with Justin Bates of Landmark Chambers as part of our series of webinars ‘Leasehold Question Time.’ Justin is a well-known commentator, author of professional texts and a barrister at Landmark Chambers.

The 2022 Act is  wide ranging and makes amendments to legislation in several other areas, notably in relation to limitation but also in relation to the recovery of building safety charges, in a regime that sits in parallel to and effectively ‘on top of’ the existing service charge legislation and process. There are many things that leaseholders affected by these very serious issues will be concerned about.

Our discussion covered a number of viewers’ questions and also centered around some broad themes that emerge from the act, notably; the accountable person, and the future regulation of the construction and design of high risk buildings. In addition there we considered the applicable funds set up to provide redress by government and the proposed amendments to the service charge regime to ensure steps are taken by landlords before seeking to recover costs from leaseholders.

The Act is very wide ranging and in addition amends limitation periods so that the prospect of retrospective claims is extended. We considered all this and more in 40-50 minutes of live discussion.

To view Leasehold Question Time: the Building Safety Act 2022: a discussion click here

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