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The issue of dilapidations is quite often overlooked and underestimated by tenants. It relates to elements of disrepair for which the tenant is responsible that have accrued during the lease term.
In practice, the procedure is instigated through the service of a Schedule of Dilapidations upon the tenant, towards the end of the lease. The schedule's content will include the work a tenant needs to undertake to raise the condition of the property in accordance with the lease covenants. This works will cover repair, redecoration, reinstatement and statutory compliance, with the intention of leaving the premises in a condition suitable for re-letting.
There are two common scenarios following the service of a Schedule of Dilapidations:
The dilapidations process can be a serious test of landlord and tenant relationships and we can help on both sides of the dilapidations claim, acting for either the landlord or tenant.
Our experienced building surveyors are knowledgeable in both the preparation of and the defence of claims for dilapidations, with our services delivered in line with current protocol and RICS guidance for promoting best practice and effective communication.
In addition to preparing and defending claims for dilapidations, we can offer the following professional services: