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Key takeaways

  • 30 September 2023 - Existing High Risk Buildings must have specified a Principal Accountable Person (which will most likely be the owner/the party responsible for the Common Parts) and the building must have been registered with the Building Safety Regulator.
  • 1 October 2023 (Gateway 2) - Before construction of new High Risk Buildings commences, the Building Safety Regulator must confirm that building plans meet Building Regulations requirements.
  • 1 October 2023 (Gateway 3) – Developers of new High Risk Buildings must obtain a completion certificate and demonstrate full compliance with the safety provisions under the Act before residents can occupy.

Breach of the above gateways can result in criminal charges for the Principal Accountable Person.

With key deadlines under the Building Safety Act 2022 rapidly approaching, Brad Trerise has prepared a concise video to provide guidance on these and a brief summary of the key points to note under the Act.

What is the Building Safety Act 2022?

The Building Safety Act 2022 was conceived in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster and is aimed at regulating and improving the construction and operation of high-rise residential buildings in England. This Act applies to both existing and new buildings, with a focus on those at least 18 meters or 7 stories high, categorised as higher risk residential buildings.

In addition to the key dates and gateways mentioned above, the Act also introduces service charge recovery restrictions, which Brad discusses in the video, for most buildings in England with at least 2 dwellings and a height of at least 11 meters or 5 stories

Client Alert 2023-207