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.


Getting Property Schedules of Conditions (& Inventories) Right First Time

schedule of condition inventories property management guideThese are surprisingly not understood and applied as much as they should do, with people not realising the potential of these.

Often known as Schedules of Condition with more commercial properties, or Inventories with residential ones, they’re basically a document logging the condition of the property before a tenant takes a new lease there.

Often full of pretty pictures, they describe just how good or bad the condition of the property is and what repairs already exist – the idea being that the tenant is not responsible for those that already exist, but only those that appear afterwards as the property’s condition deteriorates.

It does make sense really, particularly when standard repair clauses in leases can make a tenant liable for...

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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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