Tenant Lease Advice

When you vacate commercial premises at lease end, receiving the landlord’s Schedule of Dilapidations (SoD) is invariably a huge shock! Especially if you feel you have left the property in pretty good shape. The landlord has instructed a Chartered Building Surveyor (CBS) to identify disrepair etc., and priced remedies. You suspect it is grossly exaggerated, but don’t know where to begin in robustly defending your position to minimise the damages you end up paying. Our network of the highest calibre of specialist dilapidations surveyors has unparalleled experience of successfully minimising dilapidations settlements for all commercial and leisure property genres, throughout the whole of the UK & Ireland.

In instructing us, you have the assurance of employing a more experienced, knowledgeable and tenacious CBS than the Landlord’s. As such, the minimum possible cost of remedial works will be negotiated.

Then, unlike any of our competitors, we will automatically assess to what extent the often carelessly overlooked legal limit on dilapidations damages applies.

In England, Wales, Ireland and Isle of Man, legislation limits damages to the lower of the cost of remedial works or the impact (if any) the disrepair has on the property’s value. Commonly, this is far less. This can only be assessed with any accuracy by a different discipline of chartered surveyor, being the Chartered Valuation Surveyor (CVS), or ‘Valuer’.

This is what uniquely enables us to guarantee the lowest possible dilapidations settlement figures for tenants.

Because we are the only dilapidations consultancy that employs and always has both types of surveyor on the job. The one who assesses repair costs (CBS) and the other one who is uniquely qualified to assess if the impact on the property’s value is less (CVS).

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With any other building consultancy, you risk over-settling.
For expert dilapidations advice or to make an enquiry, call us today on 0330 094 5446.

Schedule of Condition

It has become common in recent years for tenants taking leases of properties for the first time to seek to limit their exposure to a significant dilapidations claim when that lease eventually expires. The best way of securing this protection is by having a Schedule of Condition attached to the lease. This should be a thoroughly descriptive report referencing detailed photographs which combine to record the precise condition at the start of the tenancy. The repairing (and decorating) covenants then make it clear that the tenant is obliged to maintain the property in no better (or worse) condition than at commencement. Our chartered building surveyors’ network will prepare this for you, on any property type, anywhere in the UK & Ireland. Then, come lease-end, negotiate the dilapidations claim to reflect only true and actual deterioration from the recorded state at commencement.

Terminal Dilapidations

Our network of chartered building surveyors will offer tenant lease advice on pre-dilapidations assessments, commonly at least a year pre-expiry (break date), to assist in budgeting.

They will then negotiate to a minimum possible Cost of Works assessment so as to then enable our chartered valuation surveyors (valuers) to assess to what extent the statutory cap applies.

This cap limits the quantification of loss to the lower of the Cost of Works, or the impact (if any) on freehold value.

Other Commercial Property Matters Arising

Our chartered surveyors with Dilapsolutions and our other niche sister brands within this privately-owned group advise on all aspects of commercial property occupation and ownership, including:

  • Rent Reviews
  • Lease Renewals
  • Lease Regears
  • Agency - Acquisitions & Disposals
  • Due Diligence
  • Valuations
  • Compulsory Purchase
  • Property Management

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Whether knowingly or unknowingly, landlords often infringe on tenant rights. Without proper protection, you may find yourself being forced to part with money that you aren’t liable to pay.

Our qualified chartered surveyors will provide sound, knowledgeable, and reliable tenant lease advice along with vital services which will safeguard you against bloated and unnecessary repair, redecorations, and reinstatement charges.

We are unique in the fact that we offer both types of chartered surveyor required for a comprehensive tenant dilapidations service.

For expert dilapidations advice or to make an enquiry, call us today on 0330 094 5446.