Property Compliance

The Building a Safer Future Charter has been created following the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety to promote an urgent and positive culture and behaviour change in the safety of the built environment. It is about putting people’s safety first in how we plan for, design, build, maintain and look after the safety of the buildings we live, work, or play in and protect those that use them.

Housing 21’s policy is to ensure building safety, not only for those components associated with fire risk but for all aspects of property compliance where there is a safety or servicing
requirement. Housing 21 actively assess the principle of risk to ensure it is owned and managed robustly, regardless of the asset or tenure type. As a minimum requirement all safety and servicing aspects are aligned to regulatory or statutory standards.

The property compliance areas where Housing 21 has a responsibility or duty to abide by legislation or regulatory requirements for building safety and/or servicing are detailed below. This list is not exhaustive; Housing 21 are committed to minimising the risk to our residentsand others and to the compliance and safety of our buildings, subsequently the list may not  be comprehensive for the lifecycle of this document.

Compliance areas where legislation specifies a requirement are programmed accordingly and aligned with the appropriate anniversary date for completion, regimes are detailed within the specific policy e.g.

• Gas servicing
• Electrical installation condition reports
• Electrical testing and inspection regimes
• Passenger lift inspections
• Water testing regimes

Where areas fall under maintenance or guidance requirements there is an operational tolerance period of 30 calendar days in accordance with the appropriate anniversary date for their completion e.g.

• Fire risk assessments
• Lift maintenance
• Asbestos surveys
• Domestic stairlifts

Fire safety requirements are detailed within the Fire Safety Policy and supporting procedural documents.

Where properties are managed on behalf of third-party property owners, regulatory and statutory responsibility will be detailed within the management agreement.

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