Dilapidations Quiz - For Trainee Surveyors or

Qualified Surveyors

 

For those Chartered Surveyors that specialise in dilapidations the following should be relatively straightforward. They are questions on dilapidations and you may even have dealt with such cases. For student surveyors that are currently looking at specialising in dilapidations' the questions will make interesting discussion topics. For the non-specialist dilapidations surveyor they will hopefully get you thinking and possibly even going on some training courses on dilapidations.

 

1. Tenant Served a Dilapidations Notice regarding the Floor  

Your client, the present tenant, has leased a property for three years and has now come to the end of the tenancy agreement. They have had a Dilapidations Notice served upon them that advises that they are in breach of the lease as the floor surface has broken up.

Your client advises that the floor was like this when he took the lease and the damage was caused by the previous car repair company and not his computer company.

The landlord surveyor is quite specific in his remedy for the breach of the lease requiring that the floor surface be made good and an epoxy floor covering be added as the finish.

No Schedule of Condition was prepared when the tenant took the property.

How would you advise your client?

 

2. Your Client, the Tenant, is using the Break Clause; how much re- decoration is required?

Your client has occupied a property for seven years of the ten year lease and is leaving the premises using a break clause within the lease. The landlord has served a Dilapidations Notice and has identified that the blockwork walls, which are lightly marked with paint and various fixing holes, need to be made good and redecorated.

Your client, the tenant, advises that the fixing holes have been caused by him from his shelving and is happy to make good the fixing holes, but he is unhappy to paint the blockwork walls as they are not presently painted and are only lightly marked with paint, which was caused by the previous company.

No Schedule of Condition was prepared when the tenant took the property.

How would you advise your client?

 

3. Your Client, the Tenant, Obtained a License But  

Your client has expanded over the years and taken the adjoining unit. He obtained a license to form a hole in the party wall to give access to the neighbouring unit and had all the appropriate drawings carried out and structural calculations and installed a lintel to form the opening in the wall.

The landlord's surveyor has required the wall to be made good with the reinstatement of the blockwork.

Would you:

a.  carry out the work because you have a license for it?

b.  carry out the work by blocking up the wall and leaving the lintel in place?

c.  remove the lintel and block up the wall?

 

4. Dilapidations Notice Standard of Repair

Your clients lease is coming to an end after three years and the landlord has served a Dilapidations Notice on your client. One of the items identifies an area of brickwork to the rear of the property which is a bricked up window and advises that the brickwork does not match and it needs to be removed and reinstated in a matching brickwork.

Your client, the tenant, advises that this work was carried out by the previous owner and in any case it is to the back of a warehouse and no one will see it.

How would you advise your client then tenant?

No Schedule of Condition was carried out when the tenant / business owner took on the premises.

 

5. No License for Alterations Issued, only a Verbal Agreement

 

Your client, the tenant, has an office and a warehouse and the tenancy agreement has come to an end after five years. During that time your client's business expanded and he built more offices within the warehouse. He did not gain formal approval for the additional offices (as they were only a few bits of studwork and ply board) but he did get the verbal agreement of the landlord's agent.

 

The landlord has had a Dilapidations Notice served on the tenant where it advises that all of the warehouse should be painted, although at present the only area of painted blockwork is where the office is / was, as the tenant has now removed it and moved to new premises.

 

How would you advise your client the tenant?

 

6. Dilapidations Notice Identifies Unseen Items?

Your client, the tenant, has come to the end of a ten year lease and a Dilapidations Notice has been served upon them. There is no Schedule of Condition. The landlord has served his Dilapidations Notice, part of which requires your surveyor to inspect the roof with the landlord's surveyor to check the condition of the asbestos roof covering.

How would you advise your tenant / client?

 

7.  Licence or a Lease?

The business owner has several units in a business park, all but one of which was taken on a lease. One, however, was due to be taken on a lease but then didn't complete, although the tenant has been paying rent for the past three years.

Can you advise your tenant as to whether he is on a license or a lease and if so what the implications are with regard to a dilapidations claim, for example, can he simply hand back the keys and simply walk away from any issues raised in the Dilapidations Notice.

 

8. Lease with Side Letter

Your client, the tenant, had a lease on a property for the last five years. He recalls that the lease excluded the structural cracking to the rear of the property in the form of a side letter. The landlord has had a Dilapidations Notice served at the end of the lease and has identified the cracking as something that needs remedial work.

How would you advise your tenant to proceed?

 

 

 

 

 

 

building engineers

 

 

Home Buyers Reports Property Surveys - why we're the best. Engineers Reports
© Copyright 1stassociated.co.uk

1stassociated-logo-for-footer IVSA-badge IVSA-putting-client-first call-us-for-footer

We have thousands of free property articles to help you - or call us freephone on 0800 298 5424

We have been working in the property industry for many years and have been
providing free property articles for over ten years. All for free and to help you with buying your next property.

House and Home Surveys and Useful Information

All you need to know about Building Surveys

Building Control, what do they do?

Designers and Architects will they save me money or will they cost me money

Enviroment, Your Building and Garden Gnomes

Estate Agents help sell houses and work for the vendors

Have a Structural Survey to protect you against structural problems

Home improvements, builder problems and ideas for you on how to solve them

How a Surveyor values a property, Chartered Surveyors and Regulated Valuers

How Chartered Engineers and Building Engineers can help you

Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas

NHBC National House Building Council

Structural Surveys and How We Can Help You

Traditional and Non-Traditional Houses and Mortgage Problems

Valuations and how much is the building worth?

Whats the difference between a Chartered Building Surveyor, Chartered Surveyor and an Independent Surveyor

Useful property problem articles by Chartered Surveyors explaining building issues to avoid

External - Helpful information on building problems on the outside of the property

Chimney issues and problems

Cracking and Movement Problems and Surveying Solutions

Flat Roof Problems, how we can solve them

Foundations and Structures and Settlement and Subsidence and Underpinning

Pitched Roofs Problems and Solutions

Roof Problems

Wall Problems

Windows and Doors and Fascias and Soffits and Wet Rot and Dry Rot and other problems

Internal - House problems we have investigated inside

All you ever need to know about floors

Asbestos in your home, what you need to know

Ceiling Cracks and Structural Problems

Condensation, Damp and Black Mould Problems

Cracking and Movement Problems and Surveying Solutions

Windows and Doors and Fascias and Soffits and Wet Rot and Dry Rot and other problems

Woodworm is it a problem or not? Is it active or not?

Services - Building help and advice on costly services

Drainage, what's underground can affect what's above ground

Heating; I just can't get my house warm enough or alternatively I just can't get my house cool enough

You can't mess around with the electric, you need an expert

 

Commercial Property Services

Building Terms Explained and Directories

Commercial Property Surveys

Commercial Structural Surveys

Leisure Facilites

Offices Large and Small

Shops and Retail

Warehouse and Industrial Buildings

Dilapidations Help and Advice What is a Dilapidations Notice?

A Beginner's Guide to Dilaps

Damp Mould and Condensation

Dampness Rising Damp Mould Black Mould Condensation

Dilapidations and Negotiations

Dilapidations Claim by a Landlord

Energy Saving what can I do?

Finance what is a Financial Adviser (We are not Financial Advisors)

Fire Risk and Help

Health and Safety Risks

Insurance how do I get the correct property insurance?

Landlords Surveying Advice

Property Investment how can I invest in property?

Property TV Reviews by an Independent Surveyor

Schedules of Condition Leasing a Commercial Property

Scotts Schedule and Section 18 Valuation

Tenants Surveying Advice

Weather how does weather affect my property?

Flooding

Rain

Snow and Ice

Strong Winds

Reviews from clients on Commercial Building Surveys

Churches and Charities, helpful reviews from our clients

Industrial Buildings and Warehouses and what our clients say about us

Offices Large and Small, reviews and feedback from our clients

Pubs, Restaurants, Hotels and other Leisure facilities we have surveyed over the years

Shops and Retail, helpful reviews from our clients

 

First Time Buyers

Buying a Leasehold or Shared Freehold Home

Buying and Selling Houses for the experienced house and home purchaser

First Time Buyers how do I go about buying my first house and home?

Improve your property knowledge with our presentations on house, homes and commercial property

Building Surveys

Building Surveying Useful Information

Dilapidations

Dilapidations Presentations in Detail

Final Year Building Surveying Exams for University Students or those that would like to know more

How old is your Building? Which era was it built in?

Party Walls

Surveyors and Design Tools

Disputes and Party Walls

Boundary Disputes

Building and Property Disputes

Party Wall Book Reviews

Party Walls Your Rights and Responsibilities

1stAssociated Surveyors Review for Structural Surveys and Building Surveys

Building Surveys, reviews and feedback from satisfied customers

Buy to let property clients, what they say about our structural surveys

Buying at auction, review of the survey

Buying bungalows and retirement properties and how our surveyors can help

Both at work / busy couples, how we can help and some 1stAssociated client reviews

Families with a young person flying the nest, reviews and feedback

First Time Buyers, what they say about us

Listed buildings, structural surveys

Older buildings, a review of buying an older house

Families with children looking for a new home, feedback and reviews

Buying a Non-Traditional Property

Residential Surveys

House and Home Surveys

Commercial Building Surveys

Commercial Surveys

1st Associated Surveyors Are Also Available in the Following Areas:

East Anglia and East

South and South East

West Country and South West

Midlands

North and North East

 

London

London Markets

London Parks

 

Wales

Areas of Britain

1stAssociated Independent Expert Property Surveyors

Specialists in Home Buyers Reports, Building Surveys and Structural Surveys and Schedules of Condition

All Surveyors are Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors qualified and RICS regulated

and are Members of the Independent Surveyors and Valuers Association

Putting the Client First

We do not accept service of documents by email or fax