Fire risk assessments: how often must they be done?
There are no specific time periods in law for how often fire risk assessments must be carried out or reviewed....
The leaseholder protections in the Building Safety Act 2022 (“the Act”) came into force on 28 June 2022, with new financial protections for leaseholders in buildings above 11 metres or five storeys with historical safety defects.
If you’re a leaseholder in England, click here to find out whether you’ll have to pay to replace cladding or to fix other safety problems with your building.
The government is committed to protecting innocent leaseholders from the unfair burden of remediation costs to make their home safe, and Parliament has passed a law to give this effect.
The Act ensures that those who built defective buildings take responsibility for remedying them, that the industry contributes to fixing the problem, and that leaseholders are protected in law from crippling bills for historical safety defects.
The leaseholder protections came into force on 28 June 2022, with new financial protections for leaseholders in relevant buildings with relevant historical safety defects.
The government is clear that developers must pay to fix buildings they had a role in developing or refurbishing, even where they no longer own the building. The Act ensures that building owners who are – or are associated with – the developer must pay for the remediation of historical safety defects.
Courts have also been granted new powers to extend liability to associated companies. This ensures that civil cases for claims against defective buildings can be brought against companies associated with a developer, preventing the use of complex corporate structures to avoid liability.
Where a developer cannot be identified or has not yet agreed to pay for its own buildings, funding will be made directly available to pay for cladding system repairs and remediation. This will ensure that no qualifying leaseholder faces costs to remediate unsafe cladding systems on their building.
Qualifying leaseholders, are protected from all cladding system remediation costs. Those whose property is calculated as being less than £325,000 in Greater London (£175,000 elsewhere in England) or whose building owner has a group net worth of more than £2 million per relevant building, as of 14 February 2022, are exempt from all historical safety remediation costs.
The Act ensures that any contribution required from qualifying leaseholders for non-cladding defects and interim measures (including waking watch costs) is firmly capped and spread over 10 years, with costs already paid out since 28 June 2017 counting towards the cap. If remediation costs exceed the cap, building owners must make up the difference.
The Act also includes a robust package of measures designed to ensure that those responsible finally put right the buildings they have contributed to making dangerous and that leaseholders are firmly protected from the unfair costs of remediation that they previously faced.
More information you might find useful:
- What is the Building Safety Fund?
- What should I know about the Building Safety Fund, opened in 2022?
- Who applies to the Building Safety Fund?
- How can I find out what happened to the Building Safety Fund application made for my building in 2020?
- What is a Fire Risk Appraisal of External Walls (FRAEW)?
- Which applicants to the Building Safety Fund need to commission a Fire Risk Appraisal for External Walls now?
- What happens to existing applications to the Building Safety Fund that didn’t make it to the application stage?
- What happens to existing applications to the Building Safety Fund that made it through to application stage?
- Why not just remove the cladding?
- What is the Developers’ Pledge?
- How will the Developers’ Pledge affect my building?
- Can building owners re-apply to the Building Safety Fund?
- Can my building owner apply to the Building Safety Fund if they have already started remediation work?
- Do I have to pay for the remediation works on my building (over 18m)?
- What is a “qualifying leaseholder” for leaseholder protections?
- What can leaseholders and residents do if their responsible entity is not taking action to rectify historical building safety defects?
- As an economic actor, will the Building Safety Fund be capped for my building?
- How will Government make sure that building owners make high-rise buildings with cladding safe?
- How is Government helping leaseholders and residents with mortgage and insurance issues?
- More Frequently Asked Questions on Fire safety
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