Condition & Repairs

blog yellow circle pmgHere are various blog resources related to the condition of a property and any repairs and alterations required, with sub categories of Condition and Repairs. Whether it's a reactive roof repair, pro-active maintenance plan, or carefully-chosen contractor - these help explain how to effectively keep properties in the right condition.


The Killer ‘Jervis v Harris’ Enter-and-Repair Clause in Commercial Property Leases

jervis harris enter repair clause property management guideThese are potent clauses in leases for commercial properties, which most people don’t fully realise. And although designed to sting and hurt a tenant, a landlord can still catch a cold with them as well.

Of course, there is usually a repairing clause in such leases where the tenant has to keep the property in good condition. And if they don’t, then there can be talk of say a landlord serving a Schedule of Dilapidations on the tenant to force these or receive monies for not doing them.

But then another type of clause emerged in the nineties after the court case of Jervis v Harris in 1996, hence the phrase ‘Jervis v Harris’ clause.

The Basic Procedure

Such clauses allow the landlord to do four things:

1. Enter the Property to Inspect...

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A Whopping Summary of the Dreaded Property ‘Dilapidations’ Liability

dilapidations property management guideJust the mention of the ‘D’ word can send shudders down a tenant’s or landlord’s spine. If can appear all theoretical until you realise just how severe it can affect property interests and your purse – that’s the dreaded ‘dilapidations’ liability.

In short, this is a list of alleged breaches of the lease to do with keeping the property in repair. It’s therefore often issued by a landlord on a tenant wanting them to ensure that the building is in ship-shape either when they leave at the end of the lease, or during the main lease term.

This tends to affect commercial property more where you’re dealing with bigger repair issues, costs and tenancies, where the nature is that a tenant must keep things well maintained during the lease, but it...

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3 Steps to Sorting Out Flooding at a Property, Quickly

flood property management guideFlooding at a property is not only a nightmare in terms of what damage it causes, but in how quickly it suddenly appears.

One minute everything may be okay, and the next minute the phone goes or the door opens to find a whole lot of damage, particularly in lower ground and basement levels.

3 Steps to Quickly Know What to Do

Let’s cut to the chase, as you may be reading this with the dilemma at hand.

Here are 3 simple stages to go through from a property-management perspective, to get to the bottom of and begin resolving.

Whether you’re an interested owner, landlord, or tenant direct – or an external advisor like a managing agent – it’s all still applicable.

1. Agreeing the Repairs

It’s obvious of course, to stop the flooding and agree...

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