Significant changes are planned to ensure adequate standards of fire and building safety in multi-occupied residential buildings, explains lawyer Katherine Metcalfe.

The Fire Safety Bill, introduced to the UK Parliament during lockdown, is likely to become law in the autumn. The Bill closes a legal loophole which left it unclear whether fire safety legislation in England applies to certain parts of multi-occupied residential buildings, such as the structure and external walls, including cladding, balconies and windows, and the entrance doors to individual flats that open into common parts.

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