What is a Schedule of Condition Report and what is it used for?
A schedule of condition is a detailed record of defects or imperfections within areas of a property, taken on a specific date. This may be used to assist in determining whether any damage reported after completing building works were present prior to works commencing, or be taken prior to entering a commercial lease to limit repair liability.
Such documents covering adjoining properties prior to the commencement of construction works are generally prepared in connection with party wall awards, however they may also be used for other neighbourly matters.
Do I need a Schedule of Condition when entering a new Commercial Lease?
A commercial schedule of condition is not a diagnostic report intending to evaluate defects, remedial works and future maintenance issues. It is a written tabulated schedule that details the condition of the building element by element, area by area and is accompanied by comprehensive photographs, taken on a specific date.
When considering a lease of a commercial property, a tenant must understand that a landlord may seek to make a claim at the end of the lease for items of disrepair or unauthorised alteration/s (subject to the terms of the lease). This is known as a 'dilapidations claim' and can exceed thousands of pounds. The value of commissioning a schedule of condition prior to entering the lease is that it provides documentary evidence of the condition at the start of the lease, helping to resolve a claim of dilapidations which may arise at the end of the lease which can save time and money from alleged disrepair and any associated legal fees.
We advise that your solicitor negotiates to append this document to the lease with a clause that requires the building to be handed back in no better condition than as set out in the schedule.
What type of reports are offered at UNEK?
We have two types of reports available at UNEK Building Consultants which you can select depending on your particular requirements.
Schedule of Condition Report
A full photographic schedule of any identified defects during the surveyors inspection compiled within a professional report. Photographs are securely stored on file for future reference.
Written & Photographic
Schedule of Condition Report
This is the most comprehensive inspection and report that can be undertaken which includes both a written record of building defects identified during the inspection and a full photographic schedule.
Why choose us?
Our team of Building Surveyors and Chartered Construction Managersare highly experienced in carrying out Schedule of Condition inspections and working with varied property types. Our consultants consist of members of the the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Building so rest assured that you will receive a high quality, accurate and clear report.
Memberships & Qualifications
Our Building Consultants and Chartered Construction Managers are degree qualified, highly experienced and include members of industry-leading professional organisations such as The Chartered Institute of Building, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, The Pyramus & Thisbe Society and The Access Association, demonstrating our level of competence and professionalism within the firm.