Schedule of Condition
Our team of experienced chartered commercial surveyors use their extensive knowledge of commercial building surveying to produce thorough, comprehensive schedules of condition.
Our expert reports protect tenants and landlords, making the dilapidations process at the end of a lease smooth and straightforward.
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Schedules of Condition for Tenants
A schedule of condition survey is strongly recommended before entering into any commercial lease. It will provide a snapshot of the property condition, including any defects present, at the start of the lease. This can be used in evidence when a dilapidations is served by a landlord at the end of the lease. In this way, the reports frequently prevent tenants becoming liable at the end of the lease for repairs and rectifications that they are not responsible for.
Schedules of condition reports are particularly important for tenants who are required to return the property to its exact original state at the end of the lease term. They prevent tenants being asked to put the property back into a different or better condition than it was at the start of the lease. They also protect the landlord by providing evidence against the tenant if the property is returned in worse condition than it was at lease commencement.
In such cases, these reports are often an obligatory part of the contract that the landlord has in place.
Schedule of Condition: Party wall and other building works
Schedules of condition are also often conducted before building works, start close to the property in question. Party wall works are a good example of this. In such cases, the party wall schedule of condition report is used to determine whether the neighbouring building works have had any adverse effect on the property.
What does a schedule of condition involve?
The surveyor will ensure that every relevant aspect of the property is documented through photographs, videos and text. A chartered commercial surveyor should have experience not only of schedules of condition, but also of dilapidations and full building surveys. This means that they are experts in identifying defects, key indicators of property condition and any other aspects that are likely to be disputed by the end of a lease or following party wall or other building works.
The reports contain photos and video content, along with explanatory text descriptions to complement the images and add detail. Photographic schedule of condition reports are set up with the text accompanying each photo, so the observations are completely clear to anyone reading the report.
Our schedule of condition reports illustrate defects and items of disrepair evident externally and internally to the structure, fabric and services of the property at the date of inspection. The current condition and any defects are illustrated using photos accompanied by explanatory text giving indications of the severity of the defects. The reports also includes a description of the extent of the property and the land it’s on, its construction, and its location. Definitions of terms used are also provided.
Allcott Commercial’s reports
The Allcott Commercial team appreciate the unique nature of each property and lease. Subsequently, we understand the need to record schedules accurately, and to work within often challenging time frames to deliver the information in a variety of forms including:
- ingoing schedule of condition with photographs
- existing schedule of condition with photographs
- film/ DVD schedule of condition.