What are the most commonly found items of dilapidation?
In a multi-let office building where the tenant only has an internal repairing liability, this generally comes down to replacement of worn carpets, repairing damage to ceilings and redecoration.
In a single let building where the tenant is responsible for the whole of the premises then the same items as the multi-let apply but there will be equal emphasis on maintenance of the external fabric and internal building services.
Air conditioning/comfort cooling is a particular problem when R22 coolant is used as it is, apart from limited special circumstances, illegal to work on these systems. As alternative coolants are not as efficient, it is not uncommon for the systems to be removed and replaced at a very high cost.
With industrial buildings the most common problems are found with the roofs. Although asbestos/fibrous cement roofs have generally reached the end of their lives and are difficult to keep watertight, the tenant only has to keep these in repair and there is no obligation to replace with a new roof. This is often a point of dispute as there are significant costs involved in the repair/recovering of these roofs.
Profiled metal sheeting to roofs and walls are prone to cut edge corrosion. If serious, this can render the roof irreparable and so new sheeting would have to be installed. There are many products available to prevent this corrosion but it is important that it is addressed early. This goes back to the “stitch in time” principal and early repair could avoid a costly claim on termination. Ideally, such treatment should be undertaken at the time of construction but unfortunately this rarely happens.