Landlords and dilapidations: what are your rights?

Dilapidations can be extremely contentious processes following the termination of a commercial lease agreement, but as a landlord you must remember that dilapidations are there to help protect you and your property from the actions of your tenants. Towards the end of your lease agreement, you may find it necessary to undertake a dilapidations survey […]

Planning permission: what stands between you and your ideal office

When granted, planning permission can give you free reign to develop your property as you wish and exercise your creativity, ultimately transforming its value. Unfortunately, to receive planning permission, you often have to go through a painfully lengthy process full of hassle and uncertainty. This can put people off attempting to make any changes to […]

Dealing with disruption: how to minimise the chaos of refurbishment

Every now and again, your commercial property will become in need of a little TLC. As with all things, properties can begin to show their age over time, eventually becoming unsafe, impractical or merely a little tired as materials age and wear out. Inevitably, the time will come when your workspace could benefit from refurbishment, […]

Five project deadline delays (and how to avoid them)

If you’re in the process of refurbishing either a single commercial property or a series of properties, it’s highly likely that you’ll be working to strict deadlines. The old adage that time is money frequently rings true in the business world, and the ability to work to the deadlines established at the outset of a […]

Five deadly building materials that weren’t such a good idea!

One of the roles of a chartered building surveyors’ practice such as Bradley-Mason LLP is to analyse older buildings for the presence of potentially dangerous materials.  For decades, the construction industry has prioritised certain materials over others for their desirable properties – be they strength, insulation, flame retardance or more besides.  Sometimes, however, this search […]

The Dilapidations Protocol – Time to comply!

The days of inflated claims, ‘golden handshakes’ for Landlords at Lease expiry and ‘horse-traded’ dilapidations settlements bearing no resemblance to actual loss are over! After 10 years since initial conception and a number of revised draft versions the Property Litigation Associations’ Dilapidations Protocol has finally been formally adopted and came into force on 1 January […]

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