Dilapidation Survey Services


A dilapidation survey, sometimes referred to as a structural survey, is a thorough inspection of the existing structural condition of a building and its surroundings. At NG Chartered Surveyors, we offer a high quality dilapidation survey service to any clients who are looking to renovate their properties, or who require solid evidence of the current condition of their investments.

Our service provides an accurate record of the condition of buildings both before and after construction or alteration works take place. They are often used to validate the work of contractors, but dilapidation surveys can also be carried out when disputes arise between freeholders and outgoing tenants.

When commercial property leases expire, it is standard practice for landlords to request that their tenant carry out certain repairs before they vacate the property. A building surveyor will act upon the behalf of the landlord, visiting the commercial premises and taking note of all required repairs, both internally and externally. These will be compiled into a list, which is known as a Dilapidations Claim.

However, in some cases, the tenant might undertake a dilapidation survey of their own. They will enlist the services of a building surveyor to conduct a thorough inspection of the property, with the intention of reducing the landlord’s dilapidation claim.

Whether they are carried out on behalf of leaseholders or freeholders, a dilapidation survey can:

  • Confirm whether renovations or maintenance contracts have been carried out in accordance with the terms of the lease or the contract.
  • Form the basis for the renegotiation of maintenance contracts once the condition of the building is established.
  • Confirm the exact condition of a building before sublets are agreed, determining the amount that can be charged in rent.

Our dilapidation surveys take in every aspect of a building. We look for signs of dilapidation such as cracks, water damage, rot, distortion, stains, and any signs of general wear and tear. We present our findings in a concise yet detailed report, which contains expert risk assessments, budget costs, priority rankings, and high quality digital photographs that provide clear evidence of all sources of dilapidation recorded.