Supporting Organisations to Avoid Costly Dilapidations

Looking to end your commercial lease? Don’t get caught out by dilapidations! They’re the costs of repairing and reinstating the property to its original state, and can arise due to poor maintenance. Our experts can help you navigate the ‘schedule of dilapidations’ and avoid any disputes between landlord and tenant.

Are you facing dilapidations at the end of your lease? Don’t let the thought of repairing and reinstating your property cause you stress. Let APT handle it for you!

With 30 years of experience, we offer an end-to-end solution for dilapidations. We work closely with accredited surveyors and legal teams to ensure we meet your expectations, without carrying out unnecessary work.

Say goodbye to the headache of end-of-lease dilapidations. Contact one of our experts today at 0800 0723 773 to learn more about our services.

Commercial Cleaning

What Dilapidations Services do you provide?

Commercial Property Owners

We assist both landlords and tenants with lease reviews and necessary arrangements for required works. We can also identify property improvements to prepare it for re-marketing, benefiting both parties. 

We can complete works during the notice period, including car park remarking, repairs, cleaning, decoration, and installation of new lighting, signage, and fencing. Our services ensure that all works are completed to a high standard, within the agreed timeframe, giving you confidence in re-marketing. 

We conduct comprehensive surveys and list necessary items for your legal advisors to ensure a clear and easy claim process.

Commercial Property Tenants

APT has 30 years of experience in providing dilapidations support to landlords and tenants. Our expert advice helps clients navigate the complexities of dilapidations issues, working with accredited surveyors and legal teams to ensure clients’ expectations are met and only necessary works are carried out, resulting in fewer unexpected costs.

Our aim is to remove the stress and worry associated with dilapidations, allowing clients to focus on their core business.

We provide a detailed site survey and our accredited surveyors are equipped to manage all dilapidations, providing site-specific RAMS. We use eco-friendly, biodegradable, and non-toxic cleaning products that can enter your effluent plant without issue.

Dilapidations cleaning & repairs refers to the use of specialised equipment and machinery to achieve a comprehensive and deep clean of your facility, which encompasses the cleaning of floors, walls, ceilings, and equipment. The process is vital to maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene and complying with your legal obligations.

Our clients have reduced their costs by using our cost and time effective cleaning methods and products. We’ve helped hundreds of companies like Custom Extrusion, Jones Food Company, Mayphil, Monmouthshire County Council & Rhondda Cynon Taf return their buildings to their original state. Take a look at our case studies hub here to learn more about our cleaning projects.

Here’s how we helped Mayphil with their end-of-tenancy cleaning project:

“Having been recommended to APT I would like to state how professional they carried out their work on a difficult project. They were very flexible and worked around my production. We saved thousands of pounds due to Andrew’s expertise of the industry. We will definitely be using APT for all our future projects.”

Lance Wilmott, Health and Safety Manager at Mayphil

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UCB required APT’s assistance for Green Algae Remover on one of their Stoke-on-Trent Buildings. Our expert team for Removing Algae used specialist products.

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How to Avoid Costly Dilapidations?

To limit your liability under a lease and breaches of a covenant, a Schedule of Condition can be helpful. Keep safe records of everything from lease negotiations to executed documents, and maintain the property well to reduce end-of-lease liabilities. If altering or fitting out the property, follow lease procedures and seek permission from the landlord.

When receiving a Schedule of Dilapidations, we recommend that tenants to undertake & seek advice from an experienced surveyor to assess your property and prepare a response to the landlord’s claim. Negotiate the claim with your surveyor’s technical arguments and tactics. If an agreement cannot be reached, consider dispute resolution options. A Schedule of Dilapidations will outline the work required to return the property to its original state, with the cost often being significant. Don’t let dilapidations be a nasty shock – be prepared!

Speak to our team of experts who can guide you in managing your end-of-tenancy and ensure that you’re only doing the required works.

Why Use APT for Your Dilapidations?

At APT, we have been providing dilapidations support to both landlords and tenants for 30 years. Our experience and expertise mean that we can offer tailored advice to help clients navigate through the complexities of end-of-tenancy issues.

We work with accredited surveyors and legal teams to ensure that our clients’ expectations are met while carrying out only necessary works, resulting in fewer unexpected costs. Our aim is to remove the stress and worry associated with dilapidations, allowing clients to focus on their core business and we’ll provide any alterations carried out to assist you in avoiding dilapidations claims.

Before starting a dilapidations project, we provide a detailed site survey, specific to your needs. Our surveyors and teams are fully accredited and equipped to manage all your dilapidations in compliance with the Tenant Act 1927. We provide site specific RAMS. The cleaning products we use are eco-friendly, biodegradable, and non-toxic, and can enter your effluent plant without issue.

Dilapidations

FAQs

Dilapidated refers to a building or sometimes an object that is in a state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect. When discussing properties, it often refers to commercial properties that have been damaged and left in poor conditions when a tenant vacates. To remedy the dilapidation, APT are often called in to clean and repair commercial facilities, ensuring that they are put back into their pre-tenanted state, ensuring the property is returned to the landlord in its previous state. Our service is always in compliance with your contractual agreement and we do our very best to ensure you won’t be caught out by end of tenancy fees!
The cost of industrial cleaning is entirely dependable on the task at hand. At APT, we have been providing industrial cleaning services to businesses across the UK for over 30 years. When we first communicate with clients regarding a industrial cleaning job, we often use photographs to understand the initial requirements of the job. After communication has begun, we will send one of our specialist technicians to provide a detailed, free, non-obligation quotation. The quotation will provide a detailed analysis of how the job will be carried out, the industrial cleaning processes that we will follow and the anticipated result. This will then allow you to analyse this and provide any feedback to us.

Dilapidations in property refer to breaches of leases due to the condition of the property being leased. This can occur during the lease or at the end of the tenancy period. Wear and tear, mistreatment and neglect to the property can mean that the tenant is required to have the property put back to its original state, or for the landlord to arrange for the repairs and can legally claim for the payment of these by the tenant. Further work is sometimes required at the end of the lease to reinstate any alterations that have been made to the property. 

Our 30 years of dealing with dilapidations of properties means that we have the knowledge and expertise to ensure you are only doing what is required in your contractual documentation. The works we carry out to reinstate the property are in-line with your contractual obligations and we work closely with your legal team to advise on the best methods to ensure you do not receive a huge bill at the end of your tenancy. 

Sometimes there are disputes about who is responsible for the repairs so it is always advisable for both the landlord and the tenant to seek the advice of a professional when drawing up the schedule of works. To determine whether a repair needs to be done, we need to consider four questions:
  1. 1. Does the lease cover the item needing repair?
  2. 2. Is the item in a bad condition compared to when the building was first constructed?
  3. 3. What work needs to be done to fix the item to an acceptable standard?
  4. 4. Was it reasonable to expect the type of work that was done?
Tenants may think that if the property is in better condition now than when they first leased it, they shouldn’t have to do repairs. However, the obligation to keep the property in good repair is not just a comparison between the beginning and end of the lease. It includes an implicit requirement to first bring the property to a good state and then maintain it.

A landlord can claim for dilapidations during the tenancy if they are aware of mistreatment of the property. However, in most cases the landlord is expected to serve a schedule of dilapidations within a reasonable time on the tenant, not more than 56 days after the end of the tenancy. The landlord and tenant will then be required to enter into negotiations to establish how the repairs will be carried out and ensure that a sufficient conclusion will be reached. 

We work with both landlords and tenants to ensure their obligations are met, without being taken advantage of. We use the legal documentation to guide our dilapidations works and ensure you’re meeting the necessary requirements. 

At APT, our experience has shown us that following the letter of the law when dealign with dilapidations is paramount. We work closely with your legal team, along with providing external legal advice form our own teams to ensure we are meeting the appropriate standards required by your tenancy agreement. The required standard of repair is determined by the state of the property when the lease was granted and we always do our best to ensure the property is put back to its original state. 

When purchasing a leasehold property, it’s often legally required that you speak with the landlord prior to making any alterations and seek their permission to carry out any alteration works. 

Speak to APT and we can assist with any alteration works you’re seeking to carry out and once permission is granted you can be sure that our expert teams can assist you.

At the end of the tenancy, a dilapidations survey will be carried out by an accredited surveyor to ensure that the property has been returned to its original state. The survey is highly detailed and reports on the current condition of the property, looking at the physical structure and systems to issues involving furnishing and general wear and tear. 

We work closely with accredited surveyors when conducting dilaps surveys and understand the required amendments and repairs required to put the property back to its original state. This helps to ensure you’re not lumped with a huge bill at the end of your tenancy and equally ensures that your landlord is not faced with a property they’re unable to lease back out once you’ve left. 

The value of the property is calculated through established the value of the covenanted state of the property, minus the costs of the repair. 

We often help companies prior to this having to take place. Our teams seek legal advice to establish what’s required to put the property back to its pre-let state before you hand the keys back. Get in touch with our expert team today to find out how we can assist you with your dilaps. 

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Our sister company, APT Commercial Chemicals is a trusted UK-based manufacturer and supplier of specialist cleaning chemicals with over 30 years of experience, serving some of the UK’s largest businesses including the NHS, BAE systems, Tata Steel, the BBC and more.

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APT are renowned in the dilapidations market for our strategic approach and commitment to excellent customer service. Our top priority is to work closely with our clients to find the most efficient and cost-effective solutions for any required dilapidation works.

To solve your dilapidations concerns, please reach out. A member of our team will be available to address any inquiries you may have. Subsequently, after your initial consultation, we will conduct a free site survey and provide you with a no-obligation quote, as well as a customized commercial cleaning plan if you choose to proceed.

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