Peace of mind before the start of your lease

Schedule Of Condition

One of the costliest processes a business undertakes is entering into a lease. Becoming a Tenant sometimes for a lengthy period of five years or longer means the business is not only obliged to pay the rent, but must also commit to ongoing repairs and maintenance and particularly dilapidations liabilities at the end of the lease term. Tenants are often unaware of the potential associated costs of such dilapidations claims, which can run into tens of thousands of pounds.

At the start, to reduce your liability, you should obtain a Schedule of Condition on the property you are looking to lease.

A Schedule of Condition is a professionally prepared document that includes both detailed written descriptions and extensive photographs to give a clear record of the condition of a building when you take possession.

Prepared by a Chartered Surveyor after a detailed inspection of the property, a Schedule of Condition identifies any existing disrepair present providing a you with evidence that the damage already existed before you took occupancy.

The purpose is to ensure that you is not required to put the building back into any better condition than that in which you found it. This will then help to counteract elements of repair work and dilapidations that the you would otherwise become responsible for when a Schedule of Dilapidations is prepared by a Landlord at a later date.

After a Schedule of Condition has been prepared, this should be appended to, and referred to, in the Lease, to give the Tenant protection.

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Our Schedule of Condition is a detailed written and photographic report on the condition of all visible parts of the building internally and externally prior to the start of the lease.

It is set out in a clear and easy to understand table format with a detailed description of the condition of each element of the building such as chimneys, roof surfaces, rainwater goods, walls, windows and doors.

Internally, the report is on a room by room basis describing the condition of ceilings, wall surfaces, floors and joinery noting defects such as cracked plaster, damaged floors and dampness as well as the condition of decorations.


We offer a variety of surveys and valuations for properties, new and old – no matter the condition. Take a moment to browse our other services, below.

Building Surveys

We will carry out desktop search to check on important issues before conducting a detailed on-site inspection to record the building’s condition and construction.


Snagging Lists

A Snagging List details issues your builder needs to address after they have completed the property to make sure it is finished properly.


Single Defect Reports

This is a bespoke report that focuses on a specific matter in relation to the property, ranging from persistent damp to the poor condition of a leaking flat roof.

"Our survey was carried out quickly and the surveyor phoned first to inform us of potential problems that were found and told me to phone him if I needed any further help. The service was first class."

Michael and Marilyn Skipper