What are dilapidations?
Dilapidations represent what the potential exit costs might be, owed to the landlord by the tenant when they leave a property. It is the tenant's responsibility to ensure that when they vacate a property, they return it to the landlord in its original, pre-let condition.
Many tenants fail to ensure that they have repaired any faults in the building or reinstated any alterations they may have made prior to their exit. Where the contractual obligations have not been met, it is common for disputes to arise between the two parties following the service of a Schedule of Dilapidations.
The Schedule of Dilapidations will contain a full list of deemed breaches in respect of the tenants repairing liabilities and costs involved. The amount being claimed by the landlord can be significant so it is important for tenants to understand their lease obligations when they leave.
As a landlord you will wish to be compensated for any expenses you incur to return the premises to a position ready for new tenants, but as a tenant you will want to check the accuracy of the claims being made against you. In either of the two scenarios, you will need the advice of an experienced building surveyor practice, to guide you through the legislation and procedures, or assist with the costs and work involved in remedying faults or cosmetic alterations.
Whether we are acting on behalf of the landlord or the tenant, we will aim to ensure that we achieve the best possible result for our clients in dilapidations matters. Our surveyors are abreast of all the latest regulatory legislation and have the expertise to guide you through the dilapidations process.
Our main aim will be to provide comprehensive negotiation services to ensure that formal legal claims are avoided. This will save both parties time and money.
Whoever we are acting for, we will provide expert guidance, professional advice and will manage expectations, giving you a realistic and unbiased appraisal of your position.
For tenants, we understand that dilapidations claims can be extremely confusing, worrying and expensive. Regardless of whether you are leaving an office, retail unit or industrial warehouse, we will provide comprehensive and coherent advice, to help you reach agreement with the landlord without ending up in court.
For landlords, we'll ensure you are appropriately protected and provide you with an 'in-house' service, giving you peace of mind. We understand that disputes with tenants can take a lot of your focus and time, so we'll act on your behalf to prevent disputes and settle as efficiently and responsibly as possible.
Clients interested in building dilapidations advice may also be interested in our building surveying, refurbishment and project management services.