At the start of a new lease both Landlords and Tenants are usually focused on getting on with the documentation and getting into the premises. The repairing obligations are set out in the lease but a record of the original condition of the building is often overlooked.
This can cause serious difficulties in the life of the lease or, most often, at the end of the lease when the tenant is called on to carry out repairs and renewals.
Both parties have forgotten what the condition of the building was at the beginning of the lease – often many years before.
A schedule of condition accurately describes the condition of the building at a given date and often includes photographs. This is invaluable in settling repairing obligations and damages claims and ensures that neither Landlord or Tenant are disadvantaged in dilapidations negotiations.
Harding Chartered Surveyors have many years’ experience in dealing with schedules of condition acting on behalf of both Landlords and Tenants and can give authoritative and concise advice.