Schedules of condition

Why you need a building survey before you buy or take a lease commercial property.

A lease will normally require you to maintain the property in good repair. Just occasionally the lease may state that you have to return the premises to the landlord at the end of the lease in a better condition than they were at the beginning. 

In all cases you need clear evidence of the condition of the building when you took it on. A schedule of condition will provide this, and is attached to and forms part of lease, safeguarding you against incorrect claims of disrepair.

What does a schedule of condition cover?

You need to tell your chartered surveyor the purposes of the schedule of condition and its scope. A chartered surveyor would not report in detail on items such as the heating or electrical equipment in the premises. If you want these items covered, you must tell your chartered surveyor, who can arrange to bring in the appropriate experts.

The purpose of the schedule of condition is to record the fabric condition of the external and internal building components and finishes at the property at the time of inspection. The Schedule of Condition relates to a visual inspection only, is not invasive and is not a building survey.

What will the report tell me?

Our report will be presented in elemental format. In other words, it will describe each element of the property - roofs, walls etc. In turn it will also note the items that have not been covered, such as deleterious materials (unless you have requested this).

Our surveyor will, however, note anything emerging from the inspection that gives cause for concern and suggest if further investigation is needed. Our chartered surveyor will also note anything that could not be inspected in the course of the survey.

For further information on our Maintenance and Repair advice please contact Stephen Hart MRICS.

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