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23 Jul 2021
Building Safety Bill continues through Parliament

Arguably the most controversial aspect drawn from the second reading of the Bill remains the question of who should pay for measures to remediate the failings made by the building industry in the past.

22 Jul 2021
EWS1 forms not necessary for low rise buildings

The UK Government has said that they see no reason why an EWS1 form, or equivalent, should be requested on buildings below 18 metres following recommendations from a small group of experts on fire safety set up to look at the issue.

15 Jul 2021
Welsh Government announce plans to tackle building safety

Julie James MS, Minister for Climate Change, outlined the Welsh Government will fund fire safety surveys for multi-occupied buildings over 11 metres and called on the UK Government to confirm when further funding will come to Wales.

09 Jul 2021
New Homes Quality Board Code of Practice

The New Homes Quality Board has consulted on its draft Code of Practice, which outlines the guiding principles and practical steps that new homes builders across the UK must follow if they opt to be registered with the NHQB.

05 Jul 2021
New Regulator introduced as Building Safety Bill published

The Building Safety Bill, published today, 5 July, outlines the biggest changes to building safety regulation in a generation by introducing a Building Safety Regulator to oversee a new safety regime for high-rise residential homes in response to the Grenfell fire tragedy.

24 Jun 2021
UK Government launches legal support pilot for housing disrepair

Online support to help resolve housing disrepair issues in the private rented sector (PRS) has been launched in England and Wales guiding tenants to establish what the issues are and offer tailored information and signposting.

04 May 2021
Amendments to the Flood Re scheme

We reiterated our long-standing views that the UK Government must ensure that the Flood Re scheme is extended, and insurance is provided at reasonable rates to private landlords, leaseholders and small businesses.

29 Apr 2021
Fire Safety Bill finally due to become law

The Fire Safety Bill clarifies where responsibility for fire safety lies in multi-occupied buildings in England and Wales and is set to receive Royal Assent today.

28 Apr 2021
HMO fines underpin need to take fire safety seriously

There has been a series of high-profile fines for landlords and HMO property companies for offences relating to fire and electrical safety, highlighting the importance of using legitimate, well-trained, and responsible letting agents manage property.

28 Apr 2021
External walls code of practice consultation launched

The UK Government has announced a consultation on a code of practice to assess external walls and cladding systems so building owners receive consistent advice on whether a building needs remedial work.

15 Apr 2021
Safer buildings in Wales

We responded to the Welsh Government’s consultation on improving building safety by supporting the proposed measures. However, we also urged them to consider the height of buildings, occupation and material used to build property to determine fire risk rather than simply the number of dwellings.

10 Feb 2021
'Largest-ever' investment announced to remove unsafe cladding

Housing Minister Robert Jenrick has today, 10 February, announced the UK Government’s further plans to remove unsafe cladding by investing an additional £3.5 billion. Jenrick promises that the funding will ensure leaseholders in England in high-rise buildings above 18 metres will bear no costs in order to make them safe.

09 Feb 2021
New independent body responsible for new home quality

The New Homes Quality Board (NHQB), that will champion quality new homes and better consumer outcomes for buyers, has been launched, today, 9 February. The board will appoint a new homes ombudsman and deliver a ‘step change’ for the buyers of new homes.

19 Jan 2021
Domestic smoke and carbon monoxide alarms: proposals to extend regulations

We argued in our response that the rules should be amended so that landlords and agents ensure alarms are tested before the tenancy starts—not on the day the tenancy begins.

23 Dec 2020
New £30 million Waking Watch Relief Fund announced

To help end the excessive waking watch costs and support thousands of residents, the Government fund will pay for the installation of fire alarm systems in high-rise buildings with cladding, removing or reducing the need for the costly interim measures.

18 Dec 2020
Fire alarm standard extended to February 2022

The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government Committee has agreed to postpone the new regulations for fire and smoke alarm regulations which require all homes in Scotland to have interlinked smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for 12 months, following criticism of the timing of implementation due to the impact of Coronavirus.

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