Dilapidations Lancashire- Are you an ostrich?

Ignorant of what is in your lease?

A client rang me recently and his 10 year lease ends July 2010.He admitted he had no idea what his lease required of him in terms of repairs decoration and reinstatement!
Seemples- RTF******L  –   read the lease and plan backwards. Do not expect the Landlord to trigger you into action with a Schedule of works. Take control , extract head from sand and address your liabilities while you can. It is so easy to get wrapped up in your business that repairs and decorations to the building can seem  a gross inconvenience. There is a natural reluctance to budgeting for repairs and decorations to a building you do not own. However neglect to attend to those responsibilities and it could be very costly.
If you cannot work out a strategy to minimise your exposure to claim you know where to come.

WOW (Words of Wisdom)

Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to commercial lease liabilities.

Any Tenant of a commercial premises under the covenants of a typical ordinary lease will be expected to keep the premises in good repair and regularly decorated. You must repair and decorate as the lease specifies.There is usually a restriction on alterations without permission. So if you add or takeaway something you will be liable to reinstate and make good.

Do not file the lease away in the cabinet. Get it out and check what it says, preferably in good time before lease end .

You generally have no rights to hang over at lease end to sort matters out unless of course you want to carry on paying rent! The Landlord may not agree to your hanging over anyway.


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