Anstey Horne

Dilapidations for Landlords

Dilapidations for Landlords

With market leading expertise we manage Dilapidations for Landlords to mitigate financial risk & deliver timely commercial settlements

It is essential for Landlords to prepare accurate dilapidations claims in a timely manner where there are commercial lease expiries (or potentially breaks) looming and ensure they follow the relevant guidance & protocol

There’s always a risk of dilapidations with any tenancy. The key to mitigating any financial exposure to this risk is to obtain professional dilapidations advice at the earliest stage.

You can rely on us to evidence the tenant’s failings (…. it’s all about the breaches) and prepare a credible dilapidations schedule.

Equally, you can rely on us to develop a strategy to bring about a resolution. We are very conscious that a quick commercial settlement might well be in your interest.

Dilapidations for Landlords - Minimising Risk

Landlords should consider the potential for dilapidations right from the start of a lease, and throughout its term.

- When drawing up a commercial lease - Make sure you define the demised premises and the obligations for repair, redecoration and reinstatement.

- During the term of the lease – make sure your tenants carry out the repairs stipulated in the ease

- When approaching the end of a lease – check that the tenant has carried out all necessary work

- At lease expiry – If a tenant has failed to keep a property in good repair, or has not reinstated alterations you should be able to recover the costs of remediation. Additionally, there is the potential to claim damages for the loss of rent while works are being undertaken. Both of these remedies are only available if the appropriate steps are taken when addressing a dilapidations claim.

Determining what constitutes reasonable repair and its effect on property value is one of the most problematic areas for leasehold premises.

Disputes over dilapidations can ultimately end up in the courts if they are not carefully managed. This will potentially incur the significant costs associated with any legal action.

Dilapidations for Landlords - How we can help

Anstey Horne have extensive expertise in managing dilapidations. We give our clients the best footing for negotiations. We also provide certainty regarding financial expectations and in terms of the physical condition of the premises at break or expiry. 

Our highly-experienced team can offer the following services :

- Lease review and dilapidations advice

- Inspecting properties and preparing schedules of dilapidations and claims

- Negotiating the best settlements achievable

- Advising on appropriateness of diminution valuations

- Tactical advice to aid dilapidations resolution

- Monitoring and inspecting tenants’ dilapidations works projects

- Managing dilapidations works projects on behalf of landlords

Dilapidations for Landlords - Further Guidance

For further information on a range of Dilapidations subjects, see our recent articles below :

Also, check out our recent work on Dilapidations at the M58 Business Park


To book a call back from a member of the Dilapidations team or for any advice on our other Building Consultancy services, please fill in our Contact Us form.

With offices in LondonBirminghamManchesterBristol, NorwichPlymouth we provide expert dilapidations advice all around the UK.

For further information see our Dilapidations Fact Sheet.

For any further help or advice, please call our Enquiry Line on 020 4534 3132, or contact a member of the team direct, details below:

Theo Channer

Theo Channer

BSc (Hons) MRICS


Building Surveying


Alexa Cotterell

Alexa Cotterell


Senior Director

Building Surveying


Simon Hill

Simon Hill


Senior Director

Building Surveying


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