The type of appropriate inspection for a commercial property depends whether the building is being purchased for occupation, purchased for investment or on the basis of a lease commitment.
The inspection Stilings Chartered Surveyors can undertake, is usually in the form of a Building Survey, which is broadly comparable with the RICS Level 3 Survey (without valuation), the differences being defined within the Conditions of Engagement, where the way in which the building is built and its state of repair, are fully documented, with advice given on any remedial works which are necessary.
Building surveys can be carried out of most types of commercial property, whether offices, shops, factories or warehouses, where traditional building methods have been used, (rather than steel/concrete frames, and other such systems).
As every commercial property is different, please contact us to discuss your needs fully.
Schedules of Condition
The Schedule of Condition is useful to an ingoing tenant, or landlord, as a snapshot listing of the condition of the internal and external fabric and fittings of a building, as at the date of occupation, thereby setting the benchmark or standard of condition which will be expected, when the property is returned at the end of the agreed lease term.
At the end of the term a Schedule of Dilapidations is prepared, this being a listing of deficiencies present at the end of a lease term, and for which the outgoing tenant is liable. It therefore follows that, if the tenant cannot prove that a defect was already there at the start of the lease, by way of a Schedule of Condition, it is likely that they may not be able to avoid the bill for repairs at the end of a lease.
Stilings have extensive experience spanning decades acting for both landlords and tenants in the preparation of Schedules of Condition and such matters.
Formal Schedules of Dilapidations, for service in Court proceedings, or other non-litigation disputes, are not undertaken.
Landlord and Tenant
Stilings have a working knowledge of the demands and complexities of landlord and tenant matters, and an understanding of many of the property based, practical and legal implications, inherent within lease structures.
With a proactive approach supported by local knowledge, we can advise clients on many aspects of property leases, and, where appropriate, direct our Clients towards an appropriate third party specialist, if the matter falls outside our experience.
Development Land & New Homes
Stilings have been involved with projects for property development, including housing, renewables, and commercial projects.
We have successfully acted for land owners in the sale of land, and in other commercial negotiations.
Communication with land owners during the development process is of vital importance. With strategic land purchase, which tends to be a drawn-out process, dealing with the same people throughout the project is essential, and Stilings make it a priority to keep in touch regularly with updates on progress on all developments.
Commercial Property Design Services
Stilings Chartered Surveyors can put you in contact with local Professionals who will be able to handle your project from inception to completion.