Dilapidations claims occur when a tenant fails to comply with its obligations for repair contained in the lease.
This is a complex area of law and our property litigation team has considerable experience of advising both landlords and tenants in relation to their dilapidations rights and obligations.
We advise landlords and tenants regarding both final and interim dilapidations schedules and can liaise with surveyors regarding content of the schedule itself. We understand that this can be a contentious process, with the landlord seeking to recover as much as possible and the tenant seeking to limit its liability. Tenants are tending to raise more frequently the cap on damages imposed by Section 18(1) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1927 and we are well used to the arguments raised either way. Our work advising both parties helps us to provide clients with tactical advice to reach an amicable agreement between the parties.
Of course sometimes an agreement cannot be reached. When this occurs, our experienced litigators will use the court process to achieve the best result for our clients.