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We offer a high-quality dilapidation survey service to clients to ensure that they are fully aware of their liability.
Put simply, the term dilapidations refers to breaches of lease covenants that relate to the condition of a property either during the term of the tenancy, or when the lease ends.
The dilapidation survey process consists of several stages: a Schedule of Dilapidations is a document that’s prepared by the landlord’s surveyor. This lists any outstanding reinstatement, repairs, legal compliance and decoration items that should be carried out in the property. It also suggests remedial works, and can sometimes even estimate the cost it would be to carry out these works.
The next stage is a Quantified Demand, which is a document that outlines the allegations made in more detail. This includes everything the landlord considers to be a likely loss, as a consequence of the alleged breaches; and this can be different to the cost of works that’s outlined in the Schedule of Dilapidations.
Following from these two documents, the next step in the dilapidations process is a response from either the tenant or their surveyor. This consists of either an email or letter, and a Scott Schedule, which is essentially an extended version of the Schedule of Dilapidations, and enables the tenant to reply to the content laid out in the first two documents.
The Ministry of Justice published the Dilapidations Protocol, which sets out the courts’ expectations of both the landlord and tenant, with regards to lease-end dilapidations.
Whilst the Dilapidations Protocol may apply to just commercial disputes, it’s considered to be best practice if any residential disputes arise too.
A schedule of condition goes hand-in-hand with a dilapidation survey, as it is a factual record of the property at the beginning of the tenancy, and can be prepared for either residential or commercial buildings. By recording the condition of the property before the lease is completed, it essentially acts as a benchmark for the property’s condition in the future.
Either a landlord or tenant can request a schedule of condition to be prepared, and once done, it’s important to gain confirmation from the other party that it’s a fair reflection of the condition of the property.
Whether you’re leasing a commercial or residential property, we would always recommend a schedule of condition be conducted. That way, any existing defects are identified, which can help with both lease negotiation, and establishing responsibility for dilapidations at the end of the lease.
We’re experienced in the dilapidations process. If you are currently going through a claim, then we can offer clear and concise information and advice, which can prove to be invaluable.
No matter which step you are at in the dilapidations process, we’re happy to help. We can also conduct property surveys too. Just get in touch with us today for more information.
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