All construction projects, designs and plans need to be effectively regulated to keep future tenants as safe as possible. There are a wide range of regulations that must be followed meticulously, and failure to comply can lead to fines and possibly even custodial sentences. If you find yourself embroiled in a dispute concerning construction law in London, we’re here to help.
Our litigation solicitors here at Van Eaton have years of experience in handling a range of cases concerning contentious construction disputes between landlords, tenants, and contractors alike. A considerable number of commercial property disputes begin due to a construction defect. We aim to provide cost-effective dispute resolution to help you get the result you require as efficiently as possible.
What are Building Regulations?
Regulations apply to all new buildings, including conversions, some extensions and some renovations. The regulations are applied to ensure the structural safety and health of the property. In the construction industry, routine checks need to be made during development to ensure no faults are present or will be present in the future. These checks include, but aren’t limited to fire protection, electrical safety and structural integrity.
Drainage and ventilation are also necessary components to ensure that a property; whether residential or commercial, is working in an optimal, healthy manner. A commercial landlord, lessee or homeowner, who notices a fault in their property, must report it immediately. If issues cannot be resolved internally, you may need the help of a construction law solicitor.
Prosecution, Enforcement and Impact
Failure to comply with building regulations can result in fines, legal action, and even criminal charges. Builders, contractors, and designers alike have a duty of care to those taking ownership of the property, which you can read more about in our previous article here. Faulty construction work that could possibly endanger lives needs to be resolved immediately, and you can refer to the Defective Premises Act if you wish to make a claim against someone.
It’s not crazy to assume that your property should be soundly built and shouldn’t cause faults or injury due to unsatisfactory construction. If a person carrying out building work fails to comply with the building regulations; a local authority may take them to the magistrate’s court, where an unlimited fine could be imposed. Prosecution is possible within two years of the work being completed. To find out more, please refer to the Building Act 1984.
Construction Law in London; How we Can Help
Here at Van Eaton Solicitors in Streatham; our litigation team has years of experience in dealing with construction law in London. We work on behalf of contractors, landlords and tenants alike to ensure fair compliance with the law and the appropriate outcome for our clients. We can help you gather the necessary evidence to build your case, and we will always work to make sure your case is dealt with outside of court through the implementation of alternative dispute resolution.
If you wish to book a consultation, or for more information, please give us a call on 0208 769 6739. Alternatively, you can fill out our online form here.