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.
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.
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.
condition form the key part of maintenance
reports, as they provide the base information in order to
develop the reports as the client requires.
Surveyors are well placed and experienced to provide schedules of
condition on any property.