Fire Safety Bill is given Royal Assent
The Fire Safety Bill has been passed in the Houses of Parliament and granted Royal Assent today (29th April).
The Bill is to make provision about the application of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 where a building contains two or more sets of domestic premises; and to confer power to amend that order in future for the purposes of changing the premises to which it applies.
Mark Hayward, Chief Policy Adviser, Propertymark comments on the Fire Safety Bill receiving Royal Assent today:
“Following the disaster of the 2017 Grenfell fire it is promising news that the Fire Safety Bill will finally receive Royal Assent today. It’s a significant step to ensuring that everyone feels safe in their own homes. The Bill will clarify who is responsible for fire safety in multi-occupied buildings. There will now likely be a more joined up approach between owners and authorities, providing greater enforcement to prevent any further tragedy. Agents must now ensure they understand the implications put onto owners and residents with regards to any additional checks and costs.”
The Home Office introduced the Bill last year to improve fire safety in buildings in England and Wales. The proposed Fire Safety Bill builds on action already taken to ensure that people feel safe in their homes, and a tragedy like the Grenfell Tower fire never happens again.