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Expert Witness Surveyor - Professional Testimony For Dilapidations Disputes

Within the context of legal proceedings related to dilapidations disputes, the testimony of a surveyor can often make or break a case. Dilapsolutions understands the critical significance of having a seasoned expert witness on your side. Our team has a wealth of experience in serving as expert witnesses. Their testimony can provide irrefutable evidence in court or within the terms of dispute resolution. When you hire our services, you can count on the knowledge and support of experienced professionals to guide you through intricate dilapidation matters.

What Is An Expert Dilapidations Witness?

In court disputes, expert evidence may be required. An expert witness offers support to solicitors in areas like building surveying, commercial property, valuations, and construction advice or claims.

They are specialist professionals who provide expert opinion to tribunals during disputes, drawing on their demonstrable expertise in the field.

When dealing with dilapidations, two types of chartered surveyors are needed:


This surveyor’s specialism is identifying and pricing the remedies of dilapidations within a property.


A valuation surveyor will work out the impact that any tenant breaches in contract will have on the freehold value of a property.

Every expert plays a vital role in calculating the compensation owed to a landlord. The amount payable is capped at the lower of either the cost of necessary repairs or the decrease in property value due to breaches, which can be substantial.

Expert Witness And Litigation

The courts strongly advocate for parties in these disputes to try ADR first, making trial a final option.

Each party must present their case with integrity during ADR. The 'expert witness' evidence holds significant weight in determining the outcome.

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The ‘Diminution Valuation’ Defence

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A landlord's liability is limited to the lesser of either the expenses for repairs or the decrease in the property's freehold value.

This process will usually only take place if the tenant pursues it because a landlord is likely to receive less money; the value impact is typically less than the ‘cost of works’.

The tenant will enlist a chartered valuation surveyor (‘valuer’) to validate the cap's applicability.

Landlords are required to follow Section 18 (Diminution Valuation) of the Dilapidations Protocol when not completing works. Also, when the former tenant's Diminution Valuation will need a strong rebuttal from an objective witness.

The Importance Of Genuine ‘Expertise’

In a dilapidations dispute, your expert witness reports must be rock-solid to withstand intense cross-examination.

At Dilapsolutions, our surveyors are accredited members of organisations like RICS, CIArb, and RICS Accredited Mediators.

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Need a chartered building surveyor to pinpoint and price necessary repairs? Or a chartered valuation surveyor to evaluate how breaches affect the property's value? Count on us for the most dependable professionals.

We have built a reputation for providing the highest calibre of both types of property expert dilapidations witness in dilapidations cases with the experience and qualifications to deliver the best possible outcome for your individual situation.


Chartered Surveyors

We are the only dilapidations consultancy in the UK & Ireland that provides both Chartered Building and Valuation Surveyors, ensuring the best results for our clients.

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