Building Surveying Schedules of Condition and Dilapidation

Schedule of Condition

There are many reasons for having a Schedule of Condition prepared for a property, whether it be to record the state of a residential property at the beginning of a Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) or, more commonly, at the start of a Commercial Lease, they benchmark the state of the property on a specific date in time.

In the case of Commercial Leases, Schedules of Condition are vital to limit future Dilapidations liabilities and will help in cases where alterations have been made, as, providing they have been properly recognised within the lease clauses, they will save a tenant large sums of money or work at the end of the lease.

We often encounter inaccurate, hard to understand or incomplete Schedules whilst dealing with Dilapidations cases and these offer little protection for the tenant, therefore it is crucial that the Schedule is professionally prepared with a written narrative and photographic evidence.

Schedules of Condition are also commonly part of a Party Wall Award.

Schedule of Dilapidations

The term ‘Dilapidations’ refers to breaches of the lease clauses that relate to the condition of a property.

A Schedule of Dilapidations is usually prepared at (or close to) the end of a lease term (Terminal Schedule), although it can also be prepared during the lease term (Interim Schedule).

They show breaches of the lease grouped into repair, decorations, alterations and statutory items and usually provide cost assessments to remedy the breach – this is so that a settlement can be reached between the landlord and the tenant.

We provide a full dilapidations service in accordance with the ‘Dilapidations Protocol’ and can help with negotiating the settlement following the service of the Schedule on the tenant.

If you would like to discuss Schedules of Condition or Dilapidations further, please contact our Building Surveying team on 020 8858 3377.