On 5 August 2023, the Building Safety (Leaseholder Protections etc) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 (SI 2023/895) came into force. They amend and clarify earlier regulations  which deal with the operation of leaseholder protection provisions in the Building Safety Act 2022 (the BSA).
Key points to note
- The Homes and Communities Agency is added to the list of interested persons who may apply for a Remediation Order (RO) under section 123 of the BSA.
- The Homes and Communities Agency, the named manager in a relevant lease, an RMC (i.e. a leaseholder owned management company), and RTM companies of a relevant building are all now interested persons who may apply for a Remediation Contribution Order (RCO) under section 124 of the BSA.
- Changes to the provisions for recovery of remediation costs from multiple landlords  provide that, if there are two or more responsible landlords, liability is joint and several.
- Where a current landlord has provided a Landlord’s Certificate to a leaseholder, it must provide a copy to any other landlords of premises in the building, to any RMC, RTM company or named manager, within one week of providing it to the leaseholder.
- Within one week of receiving a Leaseholder Certificate, the current landlord must provide a copy to any RMC, RTM company or named manager for the building to which the certificate relates.
- The current landlord must now additionally provide a Landlord’s Certificate within 4 weeks of becoming aware of any new Leaseholder Certificate containing information that was not included in a previous Landlord’s Certificate.
- Where the relevant landlord meets the ‘contribution condition’ and was responsible for a relevant defect (directly or indirectly), the Landlord’s Certificate does not have to provide information about group structures or accounts.
- Substitution of a new form of Landlord’s Certificate. The previous version, accompanied by prescribed information and documents, was onerous and not easy to complete. The content of the new form will vary according to which tests are met. It also includes a question whether there are in fact any ‘relevant defects’ identified as at the date the certificate is produced.
- Landlords must use the new Landlord Certificate form from 5 August 2023.
Building Safety Act leaseholder protections: How we can support you
Working seamlessly with building safety colleagues in our dedicated Real Estate, Real Estate Litigation and Construction & Engineering teams, Walker Morris’ Housing Management & Litigation specialists can provide expert, tailored advice on the leaseholder protection provisions in the BSA.
From advising whether a person is a qualifying leaseholder, to what protections may be available; from applying for ROs and RCOs to assessing/pursuing claims under the Defective Premises Act 1972; or from providing proactive regulatory advice to assisting with dispute resolution strategies, Walker Morris’ BSA experts can provide comprehensive, but clear and concise, advice.
If you have any building safety queries, concerns or training requirements, please call Pawan Pandit or Asia Munir, who will be very happy to help.
 The Building Safety (Leaseholder Protections) (Information etc) (England) Regulations 2022 (SI 2022/859) and the Building Safety (Leaseholder Protections) (England) Regulations 2022 (SI 2022/711)
 where a landlord is unable to recover costs from leaseholders as a result of leaseholder protections in the BSA