Most leases make tenants responsible for repairs, decorations and to reinstate any alterations they’ve made. Landlords are legally entitled to compensation, or damages, for any not done by lease end. This is assessed by the landlord instructing a chartered building surveyor (CBS) to identify disrepair and price remedies in a schedule sent to the ex-tenant, who employs their own CBS to negotiate. At law, the damages will be the lower of the Cost of the Remedial Works, OR the impact (if any) they have on the property’s value. Usually this is far less. A chartered valuation surveyor provides this expertise.
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