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Conveyancing Association updates building safety guidance

  • 21/12/2023
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Conveyancing Association updates building safety guidance
The Conveyancing Association (CA) has updated its guidance relating to the Building Safety Act and Building Safety (Leaseholder Protections).

This guidance for conveyancing firms now highlights the need for a Leaseholder Deed of Certificate and Landlord Certificate for buildings that are at least 11 metres or five storeys high, as well as the framework that applies to properties over 18 metres with a special role for the Buildings Safety Regulator. 

It also includes updates to the frequently asked questions section as well as questions conveyancing firms should consider when assessing relevant buildings. 

This covers what a relevant building is, how to determine a property’s height, number of storeys, defects, how to identify a qualifying leaseholder and any exceptions. 

Firms can download a copy of the guidance from the CA website at: 

Beth Rudolf (pictured), director of delivery at the Conveyancing Association, said: “The first iteration of this guidance was published in April 2023 and, at the time, we made a commitment to update it as and when required. This new version now includes an update to the FAQs, specifically around what happens if a lease is extended after 14 February 2022, and we wanted to make sure conveyancers were clear on this. 

“We continue to recognise the ongoing complexity of the Building Safety Act, the Building Safety Regulations and Fire Safety Regulations, and it continues to be something of a work in progress. In that sense, the guidance is very much designed to give conveyancing firms a steer in the right direction, but they clearly need to work through each individual case to ascertain how and why it might fit within the legislation, and the advice that they provide to their client as a result of this work.” 

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