Dilapidations Assessments.

Understand your dilapidations liabilities in relation to your property lease with clear, expert advice from Fourth Wall.

What is a Dilapidations Assessment?

If you are a landlord or tenant, you need an inspection of your property prior to a new tenancy or a lease ending. Dilapidations Claims refer to the condition of a property prior to or during its occupancy or when a lease ends within the context of and Landlords and Tenants obligations to each other.

Occupiers can stand to be liable for substantial sums of money if their dilapidations liabilities are not understood. Prior to signing a lease, a Tenant should understand their liabilities and repair responsibilities in relation to the lease to ensure their investment is protected during the lease and at lease end.

During the term of the lease, an occupier needs to plan for their repair obligations well in advance of the expiry of the lease to protect their business’ cash flow and the ability to break a lease. 

As the end of the lease nears, unless the occupier has completed all the works required under the lease, the landlord will issue a schedule of dilapidations to the Tenant outlining work required to comply with the tenant’s obligations under the lease. 

At lease expiry, if a tenant fails to return the property to the landlord in the condition required by the lease, the landlord will seek to recover the costs for such works through dilapidations as a claim for damages.

It’s essential for both landlord and tenant to understand their obligations in relation to the lease. Get in touch for expert advice from our independent chartered surveyors.

If you’re still unsure on how commercial dilapidations may affect your business, we’ve written several blogs outlining key aspects for Landlords and Tenants to Consider including: who’s responsible, and understanding your rights as a landlord or tenant which may offer some insight.

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Benefits Of A Dilapidations Assessment For Tenants

Cost Planning: Dilapidations assessments allow tenants to anticipate and plan for potential costs associated with restoring the property to its original condition. This enables better financial planning and avoids unexpected financial burdens at the end of the lease.

Negotiation Opportunities: Whether prior to leasing a property, approaching a lease break date, rent review or lease expiry: tenants have the chance to discuss the assessment findings with the landlord. This negotiation can lead to a fair and reasonable position that takes into account the tenant’s perspective.

Legal Protection: By addressing dilapidations promptly and thoroughly, tenants reduce the risk of potential legal disputes and costly legal proceedings. Adhering to lease obligations demonstrates a commitment to compliance and cooperation.

What is Included in a Dilapidations Assessment?

A comprehensive inspection of all physical elements of your property, including but not limited to doors, walls, pipes, windows, roof and more.

A jargon-free, complete report of any damage or changes to the original structure of the property which may include elements such as cracks, dampness and mould.

A dedicated surveyor providing expertise and guidance to ensure a fair and reasonable settlement is reached.

A summary of relevant lease obligations, any breaches of lease agreements and where the responsibilities lie for these breaches.

A summary of estimations of the cost required to complete the works and advice on timescales to complete this.

Honest advice if and when required, from a team of professionals who have your best interests at heart.

Why Choose Fourth Wall?

At Fourth Wall, we pride ourselves on creating a comprehensive surveying process for all our customers so they can understand their properties and the aspects that matter the most. We stay clear of the old-fashioned jargon-heavy approach and instead focus on providing quality advice that you can rely on.

Our team understands the value of each project and how each property is unique so we tailor our advice and services accordingly to your needs. To start your journey with Fourth Wall book a free no-obligation consultation with one of our friendly chartered surveyors. 

Dilapidations Survey & Report FAQs

Browse some of the common questions that our team are asked when it comes to choosing the survey that’s right for you.

How Much Does a Dilapidations Assessment Report Cost?

There is no set cost to how much a dilapidations report costs; it depends on the size of the property, the extent of damages as well as other factors that the surveyor will take into account. If you are interested in finding out more about having a dilapidations survey conducted for your property, contact one of our team for a no-obligation consultation and quote.

When is a Dilapidations Assessment Report Required?

A tenant will commonly request a dilapidations report to be carried out prior to a new tenancy or if a tenant is coming to the end of their lease.

Who Pays For a Dilapidations Assessment Report?

Dilapidations surveys are very common before, during and towards the end of a lease and, typically, most leases require the tenant to pay for any dilapidations surveys and any other form of enforcement action that needs to be carried out, should it be needed. Our team can offer you advice as a tenant to ensure that legalities are dealt with promptly.

Who Can Carry Out a Dilapidations Survey?

A chartered building surveyor, like ourselves, is the person who typically carries out a dilapidations survey. This is because we have the knowledge and expertise to conduct the survey by following (and going above and beyond) the RICS guidelines and dilapidations protocol legislation.

How is Dilapidation Calculated?

We conduct a thorough inspection of the property, identifying its condition in relation to the lease and identifying repairs the tenant is required to put right under the terms of their lease. Prior to the lease being agreed, we’ll also put together a schedule of condition to record the condition of the property. We’ll identify costs for any defects and negotiate with the other party on reasonable costs and liabilities.

What Our Clients Say.

We could tell you how great our team and services are, but that would be too easy. Why not take a look at what some of our previous clients have said?

“Fantastic report with great technical detail. We recently had a building survey conducted on a property by another surveyor and the report provided by Fourth Wall was leagues ahead.”

– Robert Sykes

“High quality, clear and practical: Really useful report, very clear with helpful photographs and budget for repairs. They gave some really helpful extra insight on the phone post survey. Would recommend.”

– Rachel Morrison

“Great service, with a detailed final report for a good price. Everything was completed on time.”

– Thomas Worthington

“A detailed report was provided in a week. It was well presented, clearly laid out and each point colour coded. A pleasure to deal with. I would highly recommend and will definitely use their services again in the future.”

– R.C

“Our survey was as detailed as the sample one, yet it was easy to understand and explained exactly all the issues. I’d definitely use Fourth Wall again, if I needed to.”

– Louie Parkin

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