It is surprising how few tenants think about having a survey of a property carried out before they sign a lease. The repairing covenants are likely to require a tenant to hand a property back to the landlord at the end of the lease in no worse repaired condition than when he took it. Often the exact wording of the lease is significant. The work ‘keep’ in a lease implies ‘put’ and this can represent the need for unexpected expenditure.
We record in detail the condition of a property and take photographs. We will read the proposed lease, particularly the repairing covenants, identify the extent of the property and any areas where costs are shared with other tenants, and assess the Service Charges.
If required, a Schedule can be adapted to provide a specification enabling clients to obtain contractors estimates for repair.