Significant liabilities arise from the design and condition of a building and therefore a detailed understanding of the property is essential to a successful acquisition. A building survey should be undertaken as part of the due diligence process whether you are acquiring a freehold or leasehold property interest.
We have a broad experience and provide an independent assessment of the condition of a wide range of commercial and residential property.
We provide advice on both existing condition and projected future liabilities and ensure we tailor our service to meet our client’s particular requirements. We regularly coordinate specialist advice such as services or environmental reports.
Dilapidation is the state or process of falling into decay or being in disrepair which in relation to property generally relates to the disrepair arising from non-compliance with repairing liabilities in leases. Dilapidations arise during and at the end of a lease and unfortunately often result in disputes between a landlord and tenant.
We provide expert advice to both landlords and tenants and have a broad experience in dilapidations law and practice, which qualifies us to deal with the wide range of dilapidations scenarios that arise.
Clients regularly require advice at a strategic level, in advance of a lease expiry, to enable a planned and considered approach for landlords seeking compliance or for tenants managing and discharging their liabilities.
The physical deterioration of a building is inevitable but proactive intervention enables this to be managed in the most economical and effective way.
Our advice extends from reactive intervention where clients have not taken a proactive approach to their liabilities, to production of planned preventative maintenance programmes and the preparation of schedules of works and management of repairs and maintenance.
We use analytical techniques coupled with many years of building surveying experience to establish the cause of defects and to advise upon the most appropriate and economical remedial measures. Our experience allows us to undertake in depth analysis of complex building pathology matters, as well as providing practical solutions to more routine maintenance requirements. We are also experienced in providing budget costs for necessary works as well as tendering works to contractors to procure more accurate up-to-date market prices.
Party Wall Matters
Party walls and neighbourly issues are predominantly governed by the Party Wall, etc Act 1996. There are strict procedures and criteria which govern the process of agreeing party wall and neighbourly issues protecting both building owners and adjoining owners.
We regularly act for and advise both building owners and adjoining owners as Party Wall Surveyor in connection with this Act.
Schedules of Condition
When entering into a new lease either as a tenant or landlord, it is often beneficial to record the existing condition and details of the building being leased to protect your asset or clarify your liabilities.
Schedules of Condition can be predominantly photographic or detailed text and photographs and we tailor these to meet our clients’ specific requirements.
Our skills as Building Surveyors are wide-ranging and our broad experience across the full spectrum of our profession enables us to deal with the diverse range of issues that arise for a property owner or tenant, including;
- Reinstatement Cost Assessments
- Schedules of Condition
- Boundary Issues
- Licenses for Alteration
- Measured Surveys