Rennie & Partners advises both landlords and tenants on dilapidations liability during a lease and at the expiration of a lease.
In most negotiations relating to dilapidations we have managed to achieve a settlement or alternative dispute resolution, thereby avoiding the need for a full Court Hearing and associated costs.
Failure to keep a building in good repair can give rise to a claim for damages. Under a typical lease, either the landlord or the tenant is responsible for the repair, redecoration and maintenance of both exterior and interior of the building. Substantial liabilities can arise when either the landlord or the tenant fails to keep the building in good repair.
If a commercial tenant is responsible for repair, Section 18 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1927 limits the tenants liability and, in some circumstances, can be a defence against large dilapidations claims.
When instructed to prepare a schedule of dilapidations, we comply with the dilapidations protocol.