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New RICS 'Block Management Sector Code' Consultation Launches With Aim of Boosting Professionalism Across the Sector

New rules out for consultation on Wednesday 4th August 2021 are set to build on the best practice seen by regulated managing agents, to further improve professionalism across the sector, rooting out rogue agents, and improving transparency for all parties. 

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ARMA to Serve as Council Member of Building Safety Alliance

The Building Safety Alliance, an independent industry led ‘not for profit’ organisation, has launched with the purpose of implementing the certification of competent individuals wishing to deliver the role of a Building Safety Manager (BSM) and a publicly accessible register of those certified by the scheme.

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Key Points from the Building Safety Bill’s Second Reading

On Wednesday 21st July the Building Safety Bill (BSB) had its second reading in the House of Commons. The session began with an opening statement by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, which included announcements on the Building Safety Fund’s reopening and a new Government recommendation that buildings below 18 metres should not require an EWS1 form. The Bill was then debated among MPs.

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Waking Watch Relief Fund Re-Opens to Applications

On Wednesday 26 May the Waking Watch Relief Fund re-opened to applications for a four-week period using unallocated funding from the initial £30 million. The application period will close on 24 June 2021. This tranche of the funding will be administered by MHCLG and applicants should use the application forms here.

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The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has urged the Government to re-commit to the principle that leaseholders should not have to pay for the removal of unsafe cladding from their homes and calls on the Government to establish a Comprehensive Building Safety Fund that addresses the true scale of fire safety issues. Finance for the fund should be provided by Government and the building industry.

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