Dilapidations is a specialist area of building surveying which requires a host of technical skills and legal knowledge. It is an area subject to continual development as case law can and does significantly alter the way dilapidations claims are dealt with.
Dilapidations are breaches of covenant to repair a building contained in a lease. A typical modern commercial lease will describe in detail the obligations placed on the tenant in keeping the property in good repair and decorative condition throughout the term. Dilapidations are a complex and contentious aspect of the landlord and tenant relationship.
Whether acting for landlords or tenants, we are able to advise the parties at the critical stage of entering into the lease and towards the closing stages when a terminal schedule of dilapidations is served.