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Dilapidation Survey: Expert Dilapidation Surveys for Your Property

Dilapidation surveys are crucial in construction and property management. With these reports, property owners and occupiers can make informed decisions based on factual evidence rather than assumptions. Our team of expert surveyors conducts meticulous reports, providing in-depth reports on the condition of both the interior and exterior of the property. Our chartered surveyors ensure a comprehensive assessment is conducted to identify any dilapidation or disrepair issues that may be present. This detailed review includes an inspection of all areas, from walls to construction works, to document any necessary repairs or maintenance needed. With our expertise and experience, we guarantee a thorough evaluation of the property's condition.

What is a survey? 

A survey, also called a building condition report, thoroughly inspects a building from top to bottom for decay and structural issues. Every building condition report reviews the building's exterior, interior, each room, its systems, i.e. heating and electrics, down to its minor cosmetic damage to walls, ceilings and floors.

If any part of the building is substandard, it will be highlighted as a dilapidation and baseline remedial costs for required repairs provided.

Benefits of Dilapidation Surveys

  • Give landlords and tenants reassurance of a building's condition
  • Save money by preventing people overpaying for repairs that are not their fault
  • Ensure a building is safe for tenants, employees and the public
  • Help avoid disputes for who is responsible for repairs

A dilapidation report covers:

  1. Full building condition report
  2. Comprehensive property deterioration analysis
  3. Risk Assessment
  4. Budget Costs for Remedies
  5. Evidence of Condition
  6. Prioritisation of Repairs



Maximise Property Value with Dilapidation Surveys

We saved a tenant in Oxford a quarter of a million pounds thanks to a dilapidations survey.

The landlord served their Dilapidations Claim at £300,000.

We reached a settlement with the Landlord of the building at £50,000, thus saving £250,000 from the landlord's original claim.

Read the full Starbucks in Oxford case study here.

We saved another client in the Isle of Wight £70,000 with our dilapidations services.

The landlord served their Dilapidations Claim at £95,000

We reached a settlement with the Landlord of the building at £25,000, saving £70,000 from the landlord's original claim and repairs that were not the tenant's fault.

Read the full Claire's in Isle of Wight case study here.



Get Dilapidations Surveys and Reports

Dilapidations offers a comprehensive dilapidations survey. If you're based in the UK or Ireland and need help navigating dilapidations in your local area, speak to us today and get a no-obligation consultation.

Understanding Property Condition with Dilapidation Surveys

Surveys for Tenants and Landlords

• Dilapidation surveys inspect properties to evaluate their condition pre and post construction.
• This process includes capturing images, recording measurements, and documenting the current state of the building or structure.
• The surveyor will inspect the property for damage resulting from the construction.
• These reports play a crucial role in resolving legal conflicts between construction project stakeholders, like contractors and owners.
• Identifying the party accountable for project-related damages is one of their key functions.
• The report results guide decisions on repairing and restoring damaged property areas.
• Always rely on an experienced expert to conduct surveys for accurate property condition assessments before and after construction.

What do dilapidation surveys include?

A thorough review of the condition of every component and system of a building.

  • Radiators and Heating Systems
  • Fire Escapes and Fire Safety Routes
  • Hazardous Areas
  • Electrical and Power Systems
  • windows and doors
  • Staircases and Lift Systems
  • IT and Communications
  • Air Conditioning and Fans
  • Grilles and Diffusers
  • Lighting and Fittings
  • Walls, Floors and Ceilings

Who needs a dilapidations survey? 

Tenants and landlords may be required to hire surveyors to evaluate a building's condition. Tenants may need this for a Schedule of Dilapidations, legal compliance, or contractual obligations.

At Dilapsolutions, we've helped tenants and landlords across the UK and Ireland save thousands on repairs that weren't their fault. Get suitable advice for your needs today and avoid paying more than you should.

When is a Survey Needed?

Prior to a property lease

A tenant may arrange a dilapidations assessment survey prior to taking a lease: 

  • Provides the tenant with assurances that the building is safe before letting
  • Helps to ascertain future liability
  • Can help avoid payments for repairs that were present prior to the contract starting

A landlord may arrange a dilapidations survey prior to issuing a lease:

  • Provides the landlord with a list of expected remedials at the end of the contract
  • Helps to ascertain future liability
  • Can help avoid disputes and potential court proceedings in the future

At the end of a property lease

A tenant may arrange a dilapidations survey at the end of a lease: 

  • Helps the tenant avoid paying for repairs that are not their fault
  • Clarifies what is required and which areas of the lease agreement were breached
  • Can help avoid disputes in the future

A landlord may arrange a dilapidations assessment survey at the end of a lease: 

  • Confirms whether repairs and maintenance contracts have been fulfilled 
  • Helps negotiations 
  • Specifies the condition of a building prior to contract changes

Realise Benefits of a Dilapidations Survey Analysis

Getting a dilapidations survey

'Dilapidations' represents a complex and potentially unexpected level of expenditure at lease expiry.

We uniquely provide both chartered building surveyors and chartered valuation surveyors to offer advice and steer you through these complexities to the best outcome, whether you are the owner or outgoing tenant.

We provide dilapidation services in respect of all commercial property types, throughout the United Kingdom & Ireland.


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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