In April 2022 the Building Safety Act became law, bringing into effect a range of new laws and regulations for developers and builders. But what you may not have realised is that the Building Safety Act includes provisions for secondary legislation that will allow for the extension of the usual 10-year structural warranty to a minimum of 15 years, while also making it a legal requirement for all new homes.
The requirement for longer, and mandatory, warranties will come into force under this secondary legislation, expected in 2024. This is set out in Part 5 (Section 144–145) of the Act, which states that anyone who undertakes or commissions the construction of a new home must provide a building warranty in order to sell it, and that this must provide cover for at least 15 years.
LABC Warranty has launched a survey to assess how the proposals will impact developers and self builders, and is asking for SME housebuilders and developers to provide their view of the impact of these changes. The intention is that this will inform a white paper LABC Warranty is preparing on the issue.
Image: Build It’s Self Build Education House at Graven Hill.