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The first legal action brought by the Government under new powers introduced through the Building Safety Act has seen the Court rule in its favour and issue a Remediation Order requiring the freeholder to fix building safety issues within a mandated timeframe. Under the Act, the Building Safety Regulator, councils, and fire and rescue services all have powers to take enforcement action against building owners not complying with their obligations to leaseholders.

The guidance on Registered Building Inspectors (RBIs) has been updated with more information on the four classes of RBI and the different building types they can work on. The guidance on sanctions which can be imposed against an RBI who is found to have breached the Code of Conduct has also been updated.

Under the Building Safety Act, dutyholders must be competent to undertake their role. Where the Principal Contractor is an organisation, it must designate an individual under its control to manage its functions, and Build UK member CIOB has developed the Principal Contractor Competency Certification Scheme for individuals who are members of CIOB (or an alternative qualifying professional body), with a relevant construction qualification and more than three years’ experience in managing building works, to demonstrate their competence for this role.

Source: Build UK