Landlord and Tenant Disputes: Dilapidations Claims

Landlords and tenants of commercial premises can often find themselves in disputes at the end of a lease in relation to dilapidations, which are monies due to a landlord by a commercial tenant for breaches of a tenant’s repairing obligations. The starting point is to look at the tenant’s repairing obligations, which can vary significantly according to the wording of the lease. The Pre-Action Protocol which applies to dilapidations claims requires landlords to serve a schedule of dilapidations setting out the works required to put the property in the required state of repair and a quantified demand detailing the landlord’s costings for the repairs. Parties generally instruct their own surveyors…