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End of commercial tenancy dilapidations

4th October 2023   |   Jamie Barrett   |   Reading Time: 2 minutes

A tenant’s guide to end of commercial tenancy dilapidations and landlord reinstatement works

If you’re a commercial tenant preparing to vacate your leased property, you might be wondering how to leave the space in the condition stipulated in your lease agreement. The key tasks you’ll likely focus on are dilapidations and premises reinstatement.

When you moved into the property, a condition survey would have provided a detailed assessment of the property’s condition. At the end of your tenancy, a dilapidation survey assesses the condition in which you are leaving the property.

Choosing a qualified contractor can significantly ease this transition, offering efficient and cost-effective solutions to meet your lease conditions.

What does end of tenancy dilapidations and landlord reinstatement mean?

Dilapidations refer to any shortcomings in meeting the terms of your property’s lease agreement regarding its condition. They include the necessary repairs and restorations required to revert the property to its pre-lease state.

Premises Reinstatement involves reverting any changes made to the property during your tenancy. This often means removing alterations and additions and restoring original fixtures and fittings.

Assessing what’s required

A comprehensive evaluation of the work involved is crucial to ensure that you’re fulfilling all the obligations in your lease agreement. A meticulous on-site assessment, possibly involving specialist surveyors, identifies what needs to be done. This is known as a dilapidation survey and will most likely be commissioned by your landlord.

Post-survey, your landlord will receive a detailed report of required works along with a cost estimate. Based on this survey, your landlord will notify you of the work you must complete to comply with your lease. In some instances, you may be leaving the property in a better condition than when you moved in. If this is the case, your landlord may suggest an alternative settlement option. 

How are costs calculated?

The financial aspect of dilapidations and premises reinstatement can be complex. Here’s what typically influences the costs:

  1. Level of Required Works: The more extensive the dilapidations or alterations, the higher the cost of remedial actions.
  2. Quality of Materials: The material specification can significantly impact the cost. 
  3. Labour Costs: Expertise is crucial for a quality outcome. Therefore, skilled labour, while potentially more expensive, is often non-negotiable.
  4. Project Timeline: An expedited timeline may incur additional costs, whereas a longer project span might offer cost-saving opportunities.
  5. Special Requirements: Should the work demand unique licences, permissions, or specialist services, these will contribute to the overall costs.

As an aside, it’s worth noting that if you decide to leave dilapidations or property reinstatement works to be completed by your landlord after you leave, you are likely to incur additional costs for their markup on the final bill. 

Why trust Evolution5 with your end-of-commercial tenancy dilapidations and landlord reinstatement works?

With a strong track record in various sectors, Evolution5 understands the nuances of commercial projects. Our team works diligently to ensure minimal disruption, meeting your deadlines efficiently. No two projects are the same, so we offer customised solutions that align seamlessly with your unique needs.

Working with Evolution5 contractors

For dilapidations and landlord reinstatement contracting services that will exceed your expectations, choose Evolution5. Our highly skilled teams are ready to assist you, providing a seamless, stress-free experience from start to finish.

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