Practical post 22: Change of Owner

by Bregs Blog admin team


Practical Post 22: Change of Owner

If the ownership of a building changes during construction and prior to completion the regulations say that the NEW building owner must notify the Building Control Authority within 14 days.

What happens if they fail to do so? The previous owner will be recorded in the BCMS system, but the  Building Control Authority will not be able to prosecute him.

There is nothing to stop a cowboy developer ‘selling’ the site to a new owner (another company) before completion. The law does not require the ‘owner’ to sign the Completion Certificate so it will go unnoticed.

In a ‘Priory Hall’ scenario, there is no record of the new owner on the Building Control Register, so prosecution would be difficult.

Conveyancing solicitors will need to be very vigilant in the new system.


Other Posts in this series:

Practical post 21: Variations – click link here

For Practical Post Series 1-20 – click here

NOTE: This series of posts is not meant to undermine or be in opposition to any professional advice from registered representative bodies: rather it is to offer additional technical aids to those that find themselves in the unenviable position of having to deal with SI.9 in it’s current form at present. As with all information posted on the Blog we urge all practitioners to check with their respective professional bodies before assuming any roles or duties under Building Control (Amendment) regulation (SI.9 of 2014). We hope to post a number of these practical posts and list them in one area, so home owners, SME’s and professionals can drop in and click on a particular topic to get summary information that may be useful to them while working within these new and difficult regulations.