DILAPIDATIONS

WHAT are they

Dilapidations are integral to any commercial lease, as they define tenant liability for the maintenance and repair of property under the terms of their lease. 

A dilapidations claim is normally prepared by the Landlord’s Surveyor who produces a Schedule of Dilapidations and Quantified Demand, which is then served on the Tenant.

We work with both landlords or tenants pre and post lease expiry to negotiate and agree each parties’ respective liabilities as determined by the leasehold documentation, including liaison with agents, valuers and lawyers where applicable. 

TYPES OF SURVEY

With our full understanding of lease negotiations and background legislation, we will deliver significant value. We advise on the strategic option that can be followed to suit each specific situation. We aim to negotiate the best value result for our clients within a professional an equitable process that avoids legal action. 

Being experienced dilapidations surveyors, we achieve excellent results for our clients. Whether you’re a Landlord or Tenant, good planning and advance preparation well ahead of a lease expiry, helps maximise the options available and financial results.  

  • Comprehensive dilapidations cost assessment reports or scheduled claims
  • Expert guidance on your break clause, lease end or exit strategies.
  • Negotiate and agree interim works or terminal settlements on your behalf.
  • Administer the implementation of dilapidations works where required.
  • Liaise with other specialist engineers or valuers, where required.
  • Dilapidations Expert Witness, where a dispute has occurred.

DO YOU OWN OR OCCUPY A PROPERTY WITH A LEASE EXPIRY IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS?
NOW IS THE TIME TO SEEK ADVICE.

Frequently asked questions

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How can a tenant safeguard themselves against a dilapidations charge?

Prior to agreeing a lease, the tenant should agree a Schedule of Condition whereby the landlord agrees that the acquired space does not need to be in better condition at the end of the lease.  

lf a tenant has caused damage, what should they do before moving?

To be best prepared, tenants should be considering dilapidations up to 1 year in advance of a move. Doing so in advance of any moves, allows time to establish with the landlord whether they would rather the works were carried out prior to the lease termination or a financial settlement. Typically, landlords will prefer a financial settlement so a tenant is better positioned if they propose to do the work. It is advisable to keep a dilapidations fund throughout the lease to avoid cash flow complications when the move does happen. 

Is there anything that can lessen the Tenants liability?

Absolutely! Tenants should be made aware of a landlords intentions at the end of the term, and the dilapidations liability of a tenant is always limited to the loss that the landlord would suffer if repairs were not carried out in accordance with the lease terms. If for example, the landlord was planning to convert a commercial property to residential, the condition of the space is less a factor and there will potentially be no valid claim.