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Building Regulations: Pollution Control

Question for Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

UIN 34862, tabled on 12 July 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to announce the measures his Department will take to locate polluters under the first tier of the waterfall model of liability set out in the Building Safety Act 2022.

Answered on

20 July 2022

Under the Waterfall model set out in the Building Safety Act 2022, developers are the first to pay for the costs of remediating defective buildings, rather than the leaseholders that have previously been liable for costs

During the previous Secretary of State’s appearance before the Levelling up and Housing Committee on 13 June 2022, he announced that a new Recovery Strategy Unit has been established to help pursue and expose developers who have failed to pay for defects that they have created. The unit will identify and pursue these individuals and firms using all appropriate means, including through the courts, to ensure that developers do the right thing and take responsibility for defects they created.