Housing: Construction

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 21st September 2022.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Future of Work), Shadow Minister (Business and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of legal protections for homeowners against housing damage caused by building works.

Photo of Paul Scully Paul Scully Minister of State (London), Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

The Building Safety Act includes an ambitious toolkit of measures to allow those responsible for defective work to be pursued. This includes imposing a new duty under section 2A of the Defective Premises Act 1972, to ensure that anyone who takes on work in a relation to any part of a relevant building owes a duty to ensure that the building is fit for habitation upon completion. The Act also extends the limitation period for prospective claims under section 1 of the Defective Premises Act 1972, from 6 to 15 years and broadens the reach of civil liability to associated companies of developers, including trusts. This is to ensure that those who have used shell companies and other complex corporate structures to evade their responsibilities, including some of the largest businesses in the sector, can be pursued for contributions.

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