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The housing sector is on the cusp of seeing the biggest improvements to building safety in nearly 40 years. Our exclusive survey with Inside Housing found many social landlords experience difficulties complying with existing regulations, let alone looking ahead to how the impending changes to building safety legislation will affect their organisation.
Ensuring that you are prepared for the requirements within the Building Safety Act 2022 will be challenging. The good news is you’re not alone. Working closely with you, we can help you prepare for the upcoming legislative changes, and also assure you that you are doing everything you can to meet your existing compliance obligations in order to keep your buildings and people safe. 

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Is the sector keeping residents safe in their homes today, and how prepared are they for the future with the upcoming legislative changes in fire and building safety?

Lee Woods, Operations Director at Pennington Choices explores why this is and discusses the importance of combining your approach to property compliance and building safety.

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  • Redefining roles and responsibilities, strengthening your approach to data management, embedding a positive safety culture, and ultimately ensuring residents are at the forefront of your thinking.
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What is a Building Safety Gap Analysis?
Are you looking at ways to become compliant with your Building Safety obligations both now and in the future? A Building Safety Gap Analysis could be of real benefit to your organisation. To find out the key benefits of doing one, what is involved and what issues it may highlight.

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Building Safety Manager role scrapped – What now?
The Government removed the proposed legal requirement for building owners to appoint a Building Safety Manager in advance of the approval of the Building Safety Act 2022. What does that mean for accountable persons and leaseholders now?

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What is the Building Safety Act 2022?

What is the Building Safety Act 2022?

The Building Safety Act aims to make people safer and feel safer in high rise residential buildings. The Act is a response to the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in 2017; the tragedy was a direct result of serious failings in the building and how it was managed and maintained. The Act aims to ensure that there is accountability throughout the housing and construction sectors, to ensure that those responsible for the safety of high-risk buildings and their occupants are doing what they need to, and that those responsible for any mistakes or failures are held accountable and made to put them right.

When will the Building Safety Act become law?

When will the Building Safety Act become law?

The Building Safety Act has been approved by parliament and has received Royal Assent in April 2022, so is now law. However the various requirements will come into effect over the next 12-18 months. It is anticipated that the main duties and obligations for occupied buildings will take effect during 2023.

Who is the Building Safety Regulator?

Who is the Building Safety Regulator?

The Building Safety Regulator is the body who will enforce the requirements set out in the Building Safety Act and will take action against those who breach them. The Regulator will implement and oversee the new stringent rules for high rise properties, including how they are designed, constructed, and occupied, as well as driving up standards for all buildings. The introduction of the Building Safety Regulator brings a more proactive approach to the oversight of building safety.

What is a Building Safety Manager?

What is a Building Safety Manager?

The Building Safety Act has introduced a new dutyholder role, that of Accountable Person, for higher risk residential buildings in order to ensure building safety risks in occupied properties are properly managed. The government had originally proposed that a prescribed role of Building Safety Manager would be created to assist the Accountable Person meet their obligations. However the government have recently decided not to mandate this role, and it is now for the Accountable Person (which is the landlord or freeholder who is in charge of repairing the building) to determine how they will fulfil their duties. Accountable Persons will have to set the ‘most appropriate arrangements’ for their buildings and residents, and will still need to ensure that those who are involved in the management of building safety risks are sufficiently competent, knowledgeable, and experienced to carry out effective day-to-day identification and management of those risks. Many organisations who will have Accountable Person duties are still continuing to employ Building Safety Managers, although others are taking different approaches to their staffing structures and establishing alternative roles to fulfil their duties.

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A strategic review to understand your organisations position with regards to building safety and develop an action plan to close any gaps.
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Providing key information and an understanding on the implications for building owners and landlords of the Building Safety Act 2022.
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Ensure your organisation is aware of it's responsibilities and prepared for the implications of future legislation, Building Safety Act 2022.
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Building Safety Gap Analysis

As part of H&S consultancy and auditing services, we were instructed to undertake a gap analysis to assess Wrekin’s asset profile...

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"Pennington Choices were able to give us that specialist assurance that the work we had completed already was in line with the draft legislation, but more importantly give us a view on what we still needed to do. We would recommend all organisations have a similar review undertaken, to give you an up to date position statement, before the new legislation is implemented." 
Group Head of Property, Wrekin Housing Group 

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