Schedules of Condition for Landlord's with

flats to help you sort out property

problems

 

Schedules of Condition are quite normal practice in commercial properties and in fact we regularly carry out Schedules of Condition on offices, warehouses and shops. Schedules of Condition can take many formats and are tailor made and do help provide landlord's with a structured way to look after their properties and also to deal with tenant concerns.

We would recommend you call us on free phone 0800 298 5424 for a friendly chat when we can explain how we can make Schedules of Condition work to help you. We also carry out many other kinds of property work everything from Expert Witness cases if you are taken to court under the Leasehold Tribunal Act and give advice on Landlord and tenant issues together with structural surveys looking at property problems and Valuations and re Valuations as well as dealing with Planned Maintenance and Planned Development.

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How can a Schedule of Condition help you and your tenants?

A Schedule of Condition can establish the existing condition of the property, highlight areas where improvement of main issues can be carried out and establish a priority list which you can then agree with your tenants and also establish who is responsible for the various issues.

 

Energy Efficiency

We have thermal image cameras which enable us to identify areas of heat loss. If you are interested in improving your thermal characteristics of your property do not forget that this is likely to be a requirement of landlords in years to come as regulations get more and more stringent.

Thermal image showing heat loss

 

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Thermal image shows heat escaping around windows and porch

Thermal image shows contrast between render on left side and bricks on right side which absorb heat during the day from the sun

What type of property do you own?

We are often asked what type of property can Schedules of Condition work with and our answer is any multi occupied property. With older properties they have often been converted into flats from large Victorian and Georgian houses and we have equally dealt with mansion type flats which were built around the War Years.

We are comfortable and happy to deal with the modular and Non Traditional constructions that were built after the War and also very comfortable with the more modern construction properties. All of the different types of property construction have their advantages such as older properties tend to have harder wearing fixtures and fittings and can cope with a fair amount of use and abuse which a modern property simply cannot although it will no doubt have a better thermal efficiency

Converted Victorian buildings with flats above shops

Flats above shops

 

Modern block of flats with deteriorating timber cladding

Modern block of flats

Close up of timber cladding

 

Planned Maintenance

There is a concept known as Planned Maintenance that many people are not aware of which is where you plan the future main tenance of a property. We have also been involved with Planned Development.

 

The Planned Maintenance that we have been involved with consisted of a large portfolio of properties. Without a plan and a financial cash flow considering property issues and property problems would mean bankruptcy.

Concrete structural frame flats

 

Close up of concrete structural frame flats

Concrete structural frame flats balcony

 

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Planned Development

We have also been involved with a Planned Development which is where we assess the potential of all the properties that you have which could be for rear extensions being added or vertical extensions in the form of loft conversions and loft extensions.

We as Surveyors can not only look at the possibilities and the most cost effective solutions but also consider how this can affect the capital value of your estate (allowing re-financing and further projects or new property purchases and carrying out Planned Maintenance!) and can also be related back to rental value; a concept and a way of looking at finance that most architects never dream of. We balance the costs against the potential income.

Roof extension

 

Reactive Maintenance

Reactive maintenance need not be a nightmare as we can help to plan organ ised systems. In the past we have dealt with everything from Approved Contractor Systems to on larger estates where long term contracts are carried out on Schedules of Rates to the smallest of portfolios where having a system in place that the tenants know about can avoid you from getting Environmental Health Notices. When work is enforced, speaking from experience, this can be the most costly of work you can be involved with.

Building a large block of flats

 

Sinking Funds

We should start by explaining what a sinking fund is; a sinking fund relates to regular payment for future maintenance which is usually for large items such as major roof repairs. We are aware of one block of flats which took over two years to come to an agreement on major roof repairs and during that time everyone was unable to sell their flats on as the maintenance dispute was putting prospective purchasers off.

 

The Landlord and Tenant Act and Leasehold Tribunals

There are of course various regulations relating to leasehold properties which state items which can and cannot be carried out by landlords and tenants. We believe by appointing an Independent Surveyor such as 1 st Associated.co.uk is the fairest way for both the landlord and tenant to deal with any property problems.

 

 

We would be more than happy to email you examples of

Schedules of Dilapidations, Schedules of Condition, Scott's Schedules and Structural Reports / Property Reports that we have carried out over the years

Please contact on free phone 0800 298 5424 for a friendly chat ideally before you have property problems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Example page of a Schedule of Condition

 

 

Independent Surveyors

If you truly do want an independent expert opinion from a Surveyor with regard to building surveys for residential or commercial properties, home buyers reports, valuations, boundary surveys, structural reports, engineers reports, specific defects report, structural surveys, Scott Schedles, Schedules of Condition, or any other property matters please contact 0800 298 5424 for a surveyor to give you a call back.

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