6th April saw new legislation brought in that will mean anyone undertaking domestic work involving builders renovating residential properties will need to comply with strict health and safety standards according to a report on landlordzone.co.uk

The new rules will bring smaller domestic works in line with operating practices already applied to larger building contractors under the Construction Design and Management (CDM) regulations.

The article indicates that the implementation of the new requirements is in response to statistics that has highlighted the need to reduce the number of accidents on domestic premises by individual builders or smaller building firms.

As of 6th April 2015 all builders who are contracted to work on any domestic building and renovation project will be required to meet the same health and safety standards as that of a commercial project.

Where there is more than one contractor on a domestic project, even if it was started prior to the 6th April 2015 but completes after this date will need to have a “Health and Safety File” which documents the project in detail. If this is not available at the end of the project it could prevent a future sale of the property as it is anticipated that conveyancing solicitors may ask for this during the sale process.

The new rules require all parties involved to meet their health and safety obligations.  Those found responsible for any breaches that result in injury or death could face huge fines or even imprisonment.

So if you are planning on renovating a residential property, whether to sell it, let it out or even to move into then make sure you are aware of all your health and safety obligations.  You should also look to insure your property whilst it is undergoing work and Click4quote can provide property renovation insurance uring this time. Why not call us on 01206 655 899 for a quote today.