The Consumer Rights Bill received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015, and it is now the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA 2015). The new Act consolidates and reforms a great deal of the UK’s consumer law, and it is being brought into force in stages.
The third commencement order has been made, and it comes into force on 1 October 2015. It is the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (Commencement No. 3, Transitional Provisions, Savings and Consequential Amendments) Order 2015.
From the perspective of the construction industry, the most important part of the CRA 2015 is the revocation of the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999 (UTCCR 1999), and their replacement by new provisions to deal with unfair terms in contracts. These new provisions are in section 75 of the CRA 2015 and paragraph 34 of Schedule 4 to it.