Alabas works with both leaseholders and commercial tenants to make dilapidation works as stress free as possible.
Dilapidation Works – An Overview
When a commercial tenant comes towards the end of their tenancy, they will have an obligation under their lease agreement to return the property in a particular condition. The consequences of their not doing so can involve additional costs and frustration for each party.
The commercial lease agreement should make clear what the tenant’s obligations are. If any repairs or reinstatement works have not been undertaken in good time before the end of the lease, then the tenant will most likely be issued with a Schedule of Dilapidations – which will outline the works the landlord deems to be necessary prior to the end of the lease. These may or may not include costs.
If these dilapidation works are not completed prior to the end of the lease, then the landlord can issue a claim for damages. This covers the costs arising from the works that have not been completed – both the works themselves but also other costs such as loss of rent, costs of rates and any reduction in the value of the property arising from the works not being finished on time. These costs must be quantified, and the landlord should not profit from them, but they can still add up for the tenant.
How Alabas can help
Alabas can collaborate with you to produce a costed schedule of works for dilapidations to issue to your tenants – which they can either choose to work with us on or employ different contractors.
We usually find that tenants choose to work with us on this as they know that the works are being completed as you envisioned. We are also competitively priced for these types of works, so they are unlikely to find contractors who can do works to the same high standard at a significantly lower cost.
Finally, we are happy to consult directly with your tenants on this once you have issued them with the schedule of works, which obviously makes your life easier.
If you know that you are coming to the end of your lease, you can choose to approach building contractors to help bring the building back to the agreed standard prior to being issued with a Schedule of Dilapidations.
At Alabas, we are happy to work directly with commercial tenants to ensure they are meeting their obligations under their commercial lease. The advantage to you as a commercial tenant of undertaking this process early is that it means that you are not rushing to get works completed at the very end of the tenancy. It also means you have the time to choose the best building company for you so the works can be completed on time at a reasonable cost. This may not otherwise be the case depending on when the Schedule of Dilapidations is issued.
Alabas undertake all types of works associated with dilapidations from simple plastering and painting to full reinstatement works if the tenant has made alterations. Services include:
- Compiling schedules
- Building works and repairs.
- Reinstatement works
- Roofing repairs.
- Protective floor coverings
- Site clearance
- Hard landscaping
- Internal and external decoration
- Timber or metal stud partitioning.
- Doors and windows replacement or refurbishment.
- Fire assessment and fire prevention installations.
Whether you are a commercial landlord or tenant, Alabas will work with you to make the process as simple and painless as possible.
To discuss your dilapidations requirements, give us a call on 0117 911 1464 or drop us a line via our contact form.