Dilapidations

We are able to act for the landlord or tenant at the end of a lease. We will prepare a detailed Schedule of Dilapidations in line with RICS protocol which sets out the Tenant’s obligation for repair and reinstatement of the demised premises. The Schedule may then be used as a working document for each side's appointed surveyor to arrive at an agreement of the tenant's obligations under the lease and to negotiate a fair and reasonable assessment of the Landlord’s claim. RICS-Dilapidations-consumer-guide

Schedule of Condition

The Schedule of Condition is a detailed statement of the construction and condition of a property at the start of a lease for record purposes which can be used as a legally recognised document attached to a lease. The Schedule of Condition can safeguard a new tenant's exposure to potential future claims for dilapidations from the landlord.

 

Party Wall Matters

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings. It offers protection to both the building owner and adjoining owners but it is questionable whether one is always required.

The benefits for each party may be summarised as follows:

Building Owner

  • Ensures any damage that may occur to the adjoining owner's property is clearly as a result of the building works undertaken.
  • A Schedule of Condition is also prepared to record the condition of a property (usually a neighbouring building) prior to the commencement of building works under the Party Wall Act.  It will provide proof by recording the condition of a property which is agreed between building owners in the event of any damage being caused to a neighbouring property as a result of works.
  • Provides for a right of access under the Act to enter upon the adjoining owner's land to carry out work

Neighbour/Adjoining Owner

  • Sets out the hours during which the work may be carried out.
  • Provides for making good any damage caused.
  • Ensures any contractor has adequate public liability insurance in place.

An important point to remember is that regardless of whether an adjoining owner consents to the work his redress under the Party Wall Act still remains. This is something that neighbours often fail to grasp and hence rush down the party wall dispute route.

For more information on Party Wall matters we recommend the following: RICS-consumer-guide-Party-Walls

Pre-Acquisition Surveys

A Building Condition Survey on a commercial premises will consider specific matters affecting a client such as lease covenants, Workplace Regulations, etc. and can provide essential information to arrive at an informed decision  when considering purchasing a freehold interest or long lease on business premises.

A home is the most expensive purchase most people ever make. As an owner you will benefit from expert advice on the condition of your property - whether you plan to live in it, rent it out or sell it.  Different homes require different types of survey. There are now three levels of service in the RICS Home Surveys suite.

Defect Inspection and Analysis

A Defects Analysis Report is specifically designed for property owners (both private and commercial) to report on a single issue such as cracking to a building element, damp ingress or woodworm that is causing concern. This report is prepared by a professionally qualified Chartered Building Surveyor and provides advice on the cause of the problem and the remedial solutions available. RICS-consumer-guide-Subsidence