SMC Chartered Surveyors undertakes surveys of commercial buildings for a variety of purposes:
If you are purchasing a building and want to know if the property is in a good state of repair, or not, we can undertake a detailed inspection and report on the condition of the property. If you already own a property, we can also provide an opinion on the state of repair and make recommendations as to remedial work and preventative maintenance.
Tenants are often well-advised to have a schedule of condition prepared before the commencement of a lease. The schedule can then be appended to the lease and acts to protect the tenant from a full repairing liability. This is particularly important where older buildings are being leased or where the lease is relatively short. The last thing a tenant needs is a huge repair bill at the end of a lease and a schedule of condition helps to mitigate these costs.
These are usually served on a tenant at the end of a lease (but sometimes during a lease) and record the breaches of the tenant’s repairing and decorating covenants, with an estimate of the costs of remedying the breaches. We offer a full service, including negotiations with the tenant and supervision of works, S.18 valuations, expert witness reports and Court testimony.
In some instances, a tenant can serve a schedule of dilapidations on the landlord, if the landlord is responsible for certain repairs and has failed to repair common areas and services adequately, for example.
Please see our page on Building Defects