20/1/21 – Understanding Schedules of Condition and the Benefits

Have you considered a Schedule of Condition to limit your repairing obligations?

Schedules of Condition can be used to record the condition of neighbouring properties prior to building work or in leases, to limit the Tenant’s repairing obligations.

Tony Hodge, Director and Head of Building Surveying at Aitchison Raffety, comments “We are being increasingly presented with sub-standard schedules of condition that do not adequately describe or record the extent the condition of the elements being reported, meaning that at when the schedule is being called upon, it is no better than as if one had not been prepared in the first place.”

The schedule can be photographic, text or a combination of both, but the schedule should describe any defects in sufficient detail so that it can be determined if the condition has worsened over a period of time.

It should be noted that in leases, it is usually the repairing obligation that is limited by the schedule of condition.  The repainting and statutory obligations are not usually limited.  However, of added benefit, the schedule usually records the configuration of the space at the commencement of the lease term, and so it should make it easier to determine whether the Tenant has made any alterations, which are needed to be removed at the end of the lease.

“We have produced many schedules of condition and often rely upon them at the end of the works/lease terms, meaning that we fully understand the benefit of a properly prepared schedule of condition.  While this may cost more in the short term, the benefits are reaped in the longer term.” adds Tony.

If you wish to discuss your requirements of a schedule of condition, please do not hesitate to contact the Building Surveying team on 01442 220 820.