Category Archives: During Term

To maintain or not to maintain? Dilapidations of M & E services

The condition of plant and services is such a significant issue at lease end.  Very often the visual condition of the equipment provides only part of the story on the overall condition, its reliability and future life expectancy.  Whilst it is quite permissable at the end of a lease for plant to be approaching the end of its...
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R22 Air Conditioning Equipment and your Dilapidations Liability

As the Phase Out date of 1 January 2015 for HCFCs approaches, what will it mean for old refrigeration equipment subject to dilapidation claims? It has now been nearly two years since the use of virgin HCFCs became illegal, and the phase out date for the remaining use of...
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A stitch in time saves nine…

For me, the best dilapidations projects are those which give the professional teams the time they need to prepare the ground for negotiations and/or works.  Very often I'm given a few weeks to try to resolve something which justifies proper planning and detailed investigation, but I do appreciate the business imperatives which makes this inevitable.  It...
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The Forensic Approach to Reinstatement

When the Tenant is required to remove alterations and reinstate but hasn't a clue what was there originally, sometimes the only way is to do a little detective work. It is understandable that on the day the Tenant signs a lease the last thing he/she thinks about is what will be happening 5 or 10 years in the future on termination. ...
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Rampant Knotweed!

Demonstrating just how vigorous the growth of this plant is, compare the following: This photograph was taken on 11 April of this year. Now look at the same plant just 5 weeks later: You really don't want to...
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Landlord’s right to inspect it’s property

Most leases provide for the Landlord's agent or surveyor to inspect the premises, usually after giving a specified notice period.  This inspection can be for preparing schedules, inventories or just for the sake of good property management.  After all, the Tenant enjoys occupation of the property for a prescribed term set out in the lease, but...
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