The Building Safety Bill is making its way through Parliament. As it passes, we will get a clearer idea of what it might mean to the building safety reforms. We will share information as we learn more.
The building safety reforms are designed to help ensure that your home is safe and that you feel safe. The reforms will apply to high-rise buildings in England. They'll help to protect you from fire and structural problems in your home.
Each high-rise building will have an accountable person and someone who manages the building for them.
The accountable person will need to make sure that your building is safe. But you will have a part to play.
You'll need to make sure that you do not do anything to:
- affect the structural safety
- damage any of the fire safety measures (these include smoke detectors, fire alarms, fire doors and fire extinguishers)
of your building.
Your accountable person will also need to keep you informed about your building. In some situations, they'll need to ask for your views.
We want to hear your views on all kinds of building safety issues. Our research group for residents will help us to do this.
We'll ask residents in the research group to take part in surveys, interviews and focus groups.
Sign up for our newsletter and we'll let you know when we're ready to invite people to join the group.
The research group will influence the way we set up the new Residents' Panel.
The purpose of the panel is to make sure residents have a voice in the work of BSR and can give their views about:
- resident engagement
- how residents escalate safety concerns to the regulator
- the regulator's strategic plan
- other matters that affect them
If you’re worried now
As the reforms are not yet law, we cannot deal with individual resident's concerns about fire or building structure safety.
You should follow the complaints process for your building or landlord. If you cannot resolve a complaint with your landlord, you may be able to complain to the Housing Ombudsman Service.
If you have any fire safety concerns, contact your local fire and rescue service.
Some local authorities operate a selective licensing scheme for private landlords. If your council has a licensing scheme, you may be able to complain to their housing team.
Other sources of advice
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