When a tenant leaves a property at the end of their lease, both they and the landlord require a detailed, accurate assessment of the condition compared to the obligations in the lease. This process is usually referred to as dilapidations.

Dilapidations occur during or at the end of a lease when a tenant fails to comply with their lease obligations relating to the condition of the property.

Most UK leases oblige the tenant to keep premises in good repair. But a large proportion of tenants are not aware that they must fix up a property into if it is not in good condition when the lease commences.

If you are a landlord, the implications of a tenant not complying with their lease can be costly. It may impact upon the capital value of your asset or it could mean that you have to fund repair works in order to re-let the premises.

Within this specialist area, CHPK can help both landlords and tenants by providing:

  • Advice on conditional or non-conditional break clause liability

  • Interim schedules

  • Terminal schedules

  • Schedules of condition

  • Settlement negotiations

  • Preparation of Notices to Repair

  • Advice on succession

  • Exit strategy appraisals

CHPK are experts in dilapidation matters and also act as expert witnesses in legal proceedings. CHPK attended the first Certificate in Dilapidations course, which is run by the RICS and aimed at allowing experts in this field to demonstrate their expertise.

The RICS has published two consumer guides to dilpaidations matters and these can be found by clicking here and here