The issue of dilapidations can be a very fraught and expensive area connected with properties held on leases. Whether you are a Landlord or a Tenant, if handled incorrectly they can often cost parties a considerable amount of money.
If you are a tenant, ensure you consider your dilapidation liabilities early. Costs of dilapidation repairs, decoration and reinstatement works can be a considerable expense to any organisation. If not carried out before the end of a lease, the landlord is often entitled to recover further substantial monies from you, for items such as professional fees, loss of rent and VAT, all of which could have been reduced or even avoided if, as a tenant, you had carried out the works yourselves.
By having a Dilapidation Assessment report prepared, you can establish the likely costs involved early on, to enable you to develop a strategy for either carrying out works, or reaching a negotiated cash settlement with your landlord. If you have been unable to plan in advance, and you have already received a claim from your landlord, we can assess the claim and try and reduce this by negotiation.