When you rent a commercial property, a commercial lease is signed as an agreement to keep the building in good condition. Once the lease is over, if the state of the building is not the same as when the tenant moved in, the landlord can claim dilapidations.

This will require the tenant to either pay for the damage caused or to fix the repairs themselves. The tenant can argue against this if they disagree with the claims. To do so, legal help will be required from a commercial lease dilapidations solicitor in Southend. Our specialists are on hand and work with the very best dilapidation surveyors who can argue your case.

BTMK solicitors can also help in regard to creating a terminal schedule of works to be done on behalf of the landlord. Here they will work with a dilapidations surveyor to create the dilapidations’ claim.

Record a Schedule of Condition

Before signing any form of lease agreement, you should make sure to assess the building’s state and conduct a Schedule of Condition. This will verify the building’s state making sure it matches the landlord’s description which will be useful if the landlord claims that repairs are needed once the lease ends.

If this situation arises, it’s important to get legal advice from one of our commercial lease dilapidations solicitors in Southend. We will be able to provide negotiations around the lease agreement and use the Schedule of Condition to argue your case.

Lease Terms

Before the signing of a lease, the clear terms should be negotiated of what you can and can’t do during your time at the property. This includes things like making changes to the property, so you are aware before you sign any agreement.

The landlord will be in charge of deciding whether you can make changes to the building, and whether these changes will need to be converted back to its original condition once the lease ends. We have specialists in commercial lease solicitors in Southend to negotiate any issue with your lease negotiation.

Liabilities in relation to commercial leases can be substantial, many of which are not contemplated at the time of signing up to a lease. At the end of the day, no-one envisages problems at the outset. However, not retaining the property in a good condition can cause the landlord losses and put the tenant at severe financial risk and professional advice in these circumstances is absolutely vital.

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution | BTMK Todmans

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