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Preventive Advice Saves Top Insurance Broker Future ££££££ in Potential Dilapidations Claim. Dilapidations North West.


“For the first time in my career I have bought my own insurance business. A very stressful and challenging time not just buying the business, there was a Landlord to deal with concerning taking over the existing premises. From the moment I asked Andy to assist me, he provided me with amazing support and advice! The premises are 2 cottages joined as one, so not huge place. Andy’s report consisted of 99 pages and 300 photographs. The Landlord accepted Andy’s report over the one he had obtained from his Surveyor. Andy will have saved me in excess of £30,000 in dilapidation costs when it’s the time to hand the premises back.
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So in the euphoria of taking brand new premises a standard FRI lease is signed. The building is pristine and seemingly has little maintenance and decorative liabilities. Wrong! Do not forget with the passage of time and weathering and possibly aggressive inland coastal environment, protected metal coatings and factory applied finishes to cladding and steelwork will deteriorate. The decorations covenant will also likely require periodic redecoration and redecoration in the last 3,6,12 months of the lease.

Always seek advice from an experienced Chartered Building Surveyor FRICS or Chartered Building Engineer FCABE who can advise as to not only present condition, but also future liabilities as building and component materials weather and degrade.

WOW Words of Wisdom
DO NOT sign a standard FRI lease without understanding the implications for costly repair and decorations liabilities and costs as the lease term diminishes and the building asset deteriorates. Expert advice is priceless and will save you ££££



Not a cheap building to repaint, so a 10 year minimum life high performance paint system is essential to save the horrendous repeat costs of access and protection!

So you own the Company and Premises ok?

The landlord or tenant parties can change in a lease and can and often does become worst enemy at lease end.
The landlord or tenant parties can change in a lease and can and often does become worst enemy at lease end.

So you own the Company, ok. So you own the premises, ok so far. So the Company leases the building from you. It’s all yours anyway, so you create a standard or possibly soft lease between the two. Does it really matter what the terms are, as it is only you who might have to rely on the terms and hold the benefits of the covenants?

STOP. Stop right now!

I have recently been involved in a Dilapidations case where the owner of a Company was forced to sell the freehold of the demised premises to a third party who became the Company’s Landlord.

Lo and behold at the end of the lease a Dilapidations claim in excess of £300000 was received from the Landlord. The original Lease was soft in favour of the Landlord. The Tenant was exposed to the full cost liabilities of repair redecoration and reinstatement         ( excepting for those aspects of the sadly all too often usual overstatement and exaggeration by Landlord’s Surveyor). The Tenant had not sought to limit its liabilities properly and no schedule of condition had been prepared. Why should it? “I am both Landlord and Tenant” thought the one and same Company owner and Premises owner.But they are two separate legal persons.

A salutary and expensive lesson.

WOW (Words of Wisdom)

Always be aware one or both of the parties to a Lease could change. If the Company is the Tenant the Lease should always be scrutinized by competent solicitor and surveyor in order to see how its worst hard nosed enemy (s.o.b)might use its provisions and weaknesses to abstract the maximum of damages by way of compensation at Lease end.  

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Dilapidations Lancashire-Exercise some flexibilty in these trying times…..a hangover could cure your headache

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Tenants are well advised ‘to put their house in order’ before lease end or face potential dilapidations claim for breaches of lease covenants to repair redecorate and reinstate. But  what happens if they do not plan backwards and arrive at the end of the lease with little or no time to carry out works? What’s the Landlord to do? What’s the Tenant to do?

Well the Landlord can take back the premises and initiate a dilapidatons claim with all the risks, expenses and delay and uncertainty especially if the Landlord is not intending carrying out the works. The Tenant’s diminution valuation defence looms large : you know the one; OK so the costs of repairs are £25000 but the value of the premises is only reduced by £5000 or nothing!!!

Alternatively with a little flexibility on the part of the Landlord the Tenant might be able to negotiate to hang over on bare licence after lease end to carry out the works and surrender the premises in repair and decorated.

The Landlord gets what he should want ,which after all should be his premises given back in tenantable repair and freshly decorated; the Tenant gets what he wants which should be to take control of costs and minimise his exposure to claim and discharge his lease liabilities.

I would not advocate this as a strategy for Tenants to adopt as it is certainly very risky, but I would certainly as I have recently done, commended Landlords to consider allowing the same.

After all in these trying times why as a Landlord should you run the risks of not recovering the full costs of repairs and decorations if you can accept some modest delay and get the active co-operation of the Tenant in sorting matters out with all the risks as to costs his?

In my locality prospective new Tenants are hardly beating the doors down of commercial agents to sign up for new leases of commercial premises and certainly not those which are visually run down and poorly decorated.

Just a thought…..

WOW ( words of wisdom)

Landlords should not automatically plunge headlong into confrontational dilapidations claim. Think about your objective. Your interests may be best served by flexibilty in encouraging the Tenant to sort matters out even at the cost of free hangover after lease end.

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