The Dilapidations Handbook by Victor H Vegoda

 

From the Need to Know' Series


Published by Lark Productions Estate Gazette

 

Overview

We found the first part of this book very readable, but the case summaries that fill up a few hundred pages to the rear of the book, would be difficult to digest and we felt from our other readings they are often a point in issue, and would not only be subject to the circumstances in question, they would probably be best answered by several cases. Nevertheless if you have used another book to establish which cases these will be, the case summaries do offer good summaries.

 

Format  

The early chapters work through the people involved with the dilapidations looking at the operation of the dilapidations right the way through to the conclusion.

 

Readability

We like the formal style and found the earlier chapters almost a holiday read'! Although no pictures! We even felt a hint of a sense of humour.

 

Chapters

Chapter 1 Start Here

Chapter 2 For the Landlord

Chapter 3 For the Tenant

Chapter 4 For the Surveyor

Chapter 5 Landlord and Tenant's Fixtures and Fittings

Chapter 6 Preparing a Schedule of Dilapidations

Chapter 7 Preparing for a Court Hearing

Chapter 8 A Scott Schedule

Chapter 9 Comments on Schedule of Dilapidations at the end of Chapter 9

Chapter 10 Arguments between Landlord and tenant

Case Studies represent a further few hundred pages and Extracts from relevant statutes represent another hundred pages.

 

Sample Section

We would first of all say that we did like the way the book draws you into the dilapidations scenario, looking at the landlord's viewpoint and then the tenant's viewpoint and then the surveyor's viewpoint.

Chapter 6 looks at the preparing of a dilapidations, which is a useful chatty section, worth a read even for the most specialist dilapidations Chartered Surveyor and the most seasoned dilapidations surveyor as a reminder. This section even looks at a Calderbank Letter, making an offer without prejudice.

Chapter 7 also needs a mention, preparing for a court hearing, even if only it reminds you that court hearings are very expensive, and it details a Scott Schedule very well.

 

Review Upon Reflection

An enjoyable' read at the start with the case studies taking up a substantial part of the book. We would ask for more of what is at the start of this book.

 

 

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