Commercial and Office Dilapidations
If you are a tenant leasing a property, at some point you may be required to fund restoration works at the request of the landlord. These works are called dilapidations, and landlords are able to schedule them either during or, more commonly, at the end of a tenant’s property lease.
The amount of restoration work a tenant is required to do varies depending on the landlord’s preference. For example, many landlords simply request that the property is left in good and substantial repair and condition. This means that tenants must leave it in the same state of repair as when the lease was approved.
Other landlords may request that the premises in better condition than when the lease was granted. Tenants are liable to do this when the lease states they are to “put” the premises in good repair, as opposed to “keep”.