Commercial Services

Whether an investor, landlord or tenant, commercial property ventures are not with out risk of expenditure over and above rent, service charge, rates and insurance costs. Set out below are a summary of some of the services we are able to offer to identify and limit those risks and make an informed descision.

+ Building Surveys

Otherwise known as pre-acquisition surveys these provide clients with clear, informed advice as to the condition, maintenance liability and value of repairs required to premises. These are used prior to making a decision to purchase the freehold or acquire a leasehold interest in commercial premises.

+ Reinstatement Cost Assessments

We are able to provide assessments of re-building costs for consideration by your insurers for insuring properties against total loss.

+ Dilapidations

Dilapidations are breaches of covenant to repair a building which are contained in a lease between a landlord and a tenant. Landlords seek to maintain their property assets by ensuring tenants comply with their repairing obligations under the terms of their lease. Prior to entering into tenancies, tenants should seek legal and professional surveying advice to understand what these obligations may entail.

We have a large amount of experience in acting for both landlords and tenant’s in this area of surveying. Acting for landlords in preparing claims or defending tenants against such claims, we draw upon our experience in building pathology, dilapidations law, building cost information, The RICS guidance note and The Dilapidations Protocol drafted by the Property Litigation Association.

+ Schedules of condition

Schedules of condition evidence the condition of premises prior to entering into a tenancy. Used to limit tenant’s repairing, re-instatement and sometimes redecoration obligations by agreement with the landlord, these can be extremely valuable documents at lease expiry in limiting a potential claim for dilapidations. With our knowledge of property defects, we are able to produce robust and factual documents for inclusion by solicitors within a tenancy agreement.

+ Planned Maintenance

Maintaining premises to retain the value of your asset or ensure compliance with lease obligations can be an expensive undertaking. With our knowledge and experience in property we are able to produce programmes for planned preventative maintenance works to prioritise expenditure and manage costs over specific periods of time, typically in the order of five years.

+ Contract Administration

When considering the alteration, extension or refurbishment of premises we are able to offer Building Surveying services for acting as Contract Administrators to administer works on your behalf.