New Construction Product Course of Action Background The government has made it clear that those who have been responsible and continue to be responsible for building safety defects have a responsibility to rectify. There are currently almost no routes which allow construction product manufacturers to be held accountable for their role in the creation of building safety risks that cause or contribute to a dwelling being unfit for habitation. What are we going to do?
We are introducing a new course of action that will enable claims to be brought against construction product manufacturers and sellers for their role in causing problems associated with building safety. It will apply if a product has been mis-sold, is found to be inherently defective or if there has been a breach of existing construction product regulations.
If this contributes to or causes a dwelling to become ‘unfit for habitation’, then a civil claim will be able to be brought through the courts under this cause of action. This amendment will be subject to a 30-year limitation period retrospectively and apply to cladding products only. This amendment will be subject to a 15-year prospective period and will apply to all construction products. This mirrors the changes we are making to the Defective Premises Act.