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Condition Surveys

A schedule of condition is a 'snapshot in time' of the condition of a building. It details the construction elements, the construction of these, and the condition that they are found in. The schedule is usually supported by a detailed photographic schedule

Schedules of condition form almost a standard part of an Award under the Party Wall Etc Act 1996. All persons having construction work undertaken, whether a single storey domestic extension through to major developments, must consider the impact that their work will have on adjacent owners and occupiers. Even if the Party Wall Etc Act 1996 does not apply, those carrying out building works are strongly recommended to commission a schedule of condition of the adjacent properties that may be affected by the works. This will provide evidence of the condition of the adjacent property prior to the construction work being carried out. The person carrying out the work has an obligation to put right or pay for damage he has caused during the works to the adjacent property. By having the schedule of condition disputes as to what damage has actually been caused by the works are minimised.

Leaseholders should be familiar with the dilapidations process as part of the terms of their lease. Schedules of condition form a key part of any dilapidation claim. Leases often state that the property has to be left in the same condition at the termination of the lease as it was when the lease commenced. By commissioning a schedule of condition and agreeing this with the lessor, the dilapidation claims at termination of the lease can be made more accurately and quickly, saving time and money in the long term.

Schedules of condition form the key part of maintenance reports, as they provide the base information in order to develop the reports as the client requires.

Turner Surveyors are well placed and experienced to provide schedules of condition on any property.




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