Category Archives: Start of Lease

Is your Schedule of Condition giving enough protection?

Schedules of Condition are often used to limit repairing liabilities; the quality of the document is, as ever, a determining factor in how effective it will be. The Schedule of Condition seems to be rising in popularity as a method of protecting Tenants and this trend is likely to be due to rising numbers of property coming...
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Its a Tenant’s market out there

Tenants don't need Schedules of Condition if they are planning to refit on occupation The situation is a very common one: the premises you're looking to take a lease on has been vacated by its previous occupier, is tired and undecorated, and has a partition layout which is clearly no good to man or beast.  It is...
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Tenants should say “No” to repairing covenants

Of course I don't mean Tenants should refuse as a matter of policy to take any responsibility for the upkeep and maintenance of premises, just that they shouldn't be afraid to tell Landlords their property is not suitable for such commitments. This was illustrated a few weeks...
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Terminal Dilapidations claims – it all starts before the lease is signed

Most Tenants think about dilapidations a few months or weeks before the lease end, and a surprising number only think about this issue when the Landlord's claim lands after the property has been handed back.  In reality, what happens at the end of the term is put into effect on the day the lease is signed, and...
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