Dilapidations

Dilapidations is the term used to describe the failure of a tenant to observe their obligations under the conditions of their lease to repair, decorate, clean, reinstate or comply with relevant statute. The potential cost of these obligations is often not fully appreciated by tenants when entering into a lease, and this can lead to costly disputes both during the period of the lease and at the end of the term.

Grove Millican have many years experience with dilapidations claims acting for both landlords and tenants, with a proven track record in successfully negotiating favourable outcomes for our clients.

For landlords we can protect your interests by:

  • Preparing an interim schedule of dilapidations during the currency of the lease prior to issuing a notice to repair
  • Preparing a terminal schedule of dilapidations at the end of the lease
  • Preparing schedules of dilapidations if the tenant wishes to assign the lease or operate a break clause
  • Compiling Scott Schedules
  • Negotiating the claim with the tenant's surveyor

For tenants we can protect your interests by:

  • Preparing a schedule of condition before taking or renewing a lease to limit the tenant's obligations
  • Responding to interim and terminal schedules
  • Preparing or responding to Scott Schedules
  • Negotiating the claim with the landlord's surveyor
  • Considering defences to dilapidations' claims on the basis of Section 18(1) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1927

Dilapidations is a complex branch of surveying requiring appropriately qualified and skilled professionals and therefore we only allow experienced chartered surveyors to take on this role. All our surveyors are regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and act strictly in accordance with their guidelines. Our aim is to help protect your interests in the most cost effective and professional manner possible and to this end we ensure our charges remain highly competitive.

Why not contact us for further information and advice on a no obligation basis.