Preparing and reviewing schedules of conditions in London
Without a Schedule of Condition, tenants expose themselves to unnecessary repair costs that should be the landlord’s responsibility. Similarly, landlords must prepare a detailed Schedule of Condition to ensure tenants honour the lease terms. If you need help preparing or reviewing this critical yet often overlooked document, you should contact our highly experienced chartered surveyors.
At Harding Chartered Surveyors, we can protect both landlords and tenants in London against financial loss by drafting and reviewing accurate Schedules of Conditions. In the process, we’ll help both parties agree on fair terms and understand the consequences of noncompliance.
What is a schedule of condition?
Usually, a Schedule of Condition is prepared to establish the condition of a residential or commercial building prior to the completion of a lease. As a tenant, a Schedule of Condition prevents you from having to repair elements that were in poor condition before your arrival as well as details your landlord’s terms and expectations.
At the end of your lease, the Schedule of Condition will be used to determine whether or not you’ve left the building in either the same or an improved condition. Your landlord will issue a Schedule of Dilapidations if you’re responsible for repairing or covering the costs of damages.
What does a Schedule of Condition detail?
- The building’s overall condition
- Structural defects, such as timber issues and dampness
- Human-made defects, such as damaged plaster or paintwork
- Materials used
- Roof structure
- Wall coverings
Do I need a chartered surveyor to prepare a schedule of condition?
If you’re a tenant, our RICS chartered surveyors can review the terms of your landlord’s Schedule of Condition, allowing you to sign the lease with your eyes open and avoid being held responsible for damages unnecessarily or unfairly.
For landlords, we can prepare a Schedule of Condition on your behalf using our decades of experience and in-depth industry knowledge. We’ll survey your building inside and out both prior to and after the lease term, ensuring your tenant meets their obligations.
How we can benefit London landlords
By hiring our RICS surveyors to prepare a Schedule of Condition, you can:
- Gauge your property’s overall condition
- Protect yourself against financial losses
- Ensure your tenant respects your lease terms
- Hold the right people responsible for any damage
What we can do for London tenants
Employing our chartered surveyors to review your landlord’s Schedule of Condition lets you:
- Protect yourself against false claims from landlords
- Gauge a building’s condition before signing the lease
- Prevent unnecessary legal disputes
- Understand the terms of your lease and your obligations