The dilapidations refers to buildings that have not been duly looked after, and so have fallen into a severe state of disrepair. The term really covers any eventuality where a building has not been looked after by whoever is meant to be looking after it – be it a church, a flat, a house or an industrial building.
Dilapidations are considered to have taken place when an agreement regarding the upkeep of a given building has not been adhered to properly. In these situations a landlord may consider taking the tenant to court in order to either compel the tenant to pay for the necessary repairs, or to repay monies that were spent by the landlord in order to fix structural of aesthetic problems that were not addressed by said tenant.
The process of dealing with dilapidations is sometimes fraught with issues of various kinds, and may well go to local court in order that they are resolved to the required degree. There of course specialist firms that can deal with dilapidations, by organising the various paperwork as well as working with both parties in order to arrive at the best possible solution.
The court’s role in this situation is too protect the interests of both sides and arrive at the very best or fairest solution. Firms that represent either of these sides aim to substantiate claims made by landlords and focus on reducing repair costs for tenants, again, arriving at the most suitable option in terms of the law.
One case back in 1994 involved an industrial unit that was rented by a company that printed T-shirts. The company ceased trading and left the industrial unit completely unattended for six months, whilst still paying rent. The firm in question did not let their landlord know it was empty and seemingly made no attempt to keep the building secure.
As a result of this the industrial unit was vandalised on the exterior and on another occasion was broken into, with the effect of the elements damaging certain wooden components of the structure. The roof also received some damage from winds that was not repaired due to the lack of anyone looking after the unit.
Dilapidations such as this occur fairly frequently and often result, as in this occasion, with action being taken by the landlord in order to recover the substantial costs of damage. Dilapidations are something that are often faced by landlords at some stage in their rental careers.