OF CONDITION SURVEYS
The purpose of a Schedule of Condition Survey
is to record the current condition of a property before entering
into a lease agreement and is a detailed room by room assessment.
Commercial leases usually stipulate that the tenant
is responsible for any repairs during and at the end of a tenancy,
so it is vital that you fully understand your potential liabilities
before signing your lease. Often, a Schedule of Condition Survey
can be used to negotiate with your landlord to have immediate defects
corrected prior to your taking over the lease and this can possibly
save you a considerable amount of money.
Once completed, you will know the exact condition
of the property at that period in time. If you take on a property
that is in a poor condition and the lease states that the property
is to be kept in good repair and you have not negotiated for this
to be amended, you will still be liable for all of the repairs.
This does appear to be unfair, however, unless
agreed by both parties, the condition of the property when you took
on the lease is irrelevant; you will still have to put all of the
When entering into a lease for a property, if
you have a Condition Survey carried out, you should ask the landlord
for a copy of this survey to be attached to the lease. This will
ensure that you don't have to pay for any repair works that were
present on the property at the time you took on the lease, by doing
this you should ensure that you are getting a fair deal.
It's important to have the premises surveyed by
a qualified surveyor at the outset where they will be able to advise
on the scale of liability that might be involved.
AFA will make a thorough assessment of your property
and provide you with a report, which contains written and photographic
evidence of each room. The report will also advise on potential
future defects that may need attention.
For shorter leases (between six months and two
years), AFA may recommend a Photographic Schedule of Condition.
Depending on the property, this may be more cost effective than
commissioning a full Schedule of Condition.