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Move if your
lease allows it

This would be the optimum result: if your lease is almost at an end, or you are approaching a lease break - which will allow you to exit the contract and the space.

If you decide to move out, a landlord may serve you with a claim for dilapidations. This sets out any repairs and/or remedial works, which you are contractually obliged to undertake - which could prove costly.

Some leases have a clause for ‘Full Repairing and Insuring’ (FRI), which requires the tenant to undertake a full repair of the property and decorate it before they hand it back to the landlord. Even if the property was in poor repair when you moved in, you will still be responsible for restoring it to an A1 condition before moving out.

Many tenants will have entered into a Schedule of Condition, which ensures that a property does not have to be handed back in a better condition than when it was taken on.

Be careful, a landlord may also claim for the rent during the repair period. 

If you move out without fulfilling any repairs and/or remedial work (as specified by your lease), your landlord will appoint a surveyor to prepare a Schedule of Dilapidations, showing all the work required. Protect yourself from this: check your lease terms before signing it, ensure you have photographs/evidence of the condition of the premises when you moved in or simply make sure you can negotiate from a position of knowledge/expertise – or appoint someone to do it for you. It is really worth speaking to a Building Surveyor, as a good one could save you significant time and money.

If you’d like to contact us about your options,
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07957 121 681

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