How Can Specialist Spraying Help in Dilapidations Projects?

When a lease on a commercial property comes to an end the premises should be passed back to the owner in the condition according to the details in the contract. The specific terms of a lease are laid out in a legally enforceable covenant. This is a formal agreement drawn up between two parties that usually contains a pledge to do something (such as maintaining a property by specialist spraying of metalwork) or to refrain from doing something (such as altering the structure of a building by demolishing a wall).

Restoring Architectural Metalwork in Dilapidations

In the commercial property sector, ‘dilapidations’ is defined as breaches of lease covenants. Specifically, dilapidations refer to aspects of a building that have fallen into disrepair, consequently either the tenant or sometimes the owner of the commercial building are obliged to rectify the problems as agreed to in the covenant. Breaches of covenant can range from cut edge corrosion to faded coating on cladding and restoring architectural metalwork is common in dilapidations. Often inexpensive remedies such as dilapidations recoating and minor repairs can remedy the defects.

If the leasehold obligations are not upheld, the Landlord may serve a notice to repair on the tenant which is usually accompanied by a Schedule of Dilapidations.

What is a Dilapidations Schedule?

Often a specialist third party such as a Chartered Building Surveyor, becomes involved in order to assess what is necessary for putting a building back into repair and they will prepare Schedules of Dilapidations.

A Dilapidations Schedule will itemise the works necessary for repair or it may detail the costs the Landlord / Landlady needs to recover in order to make good the disrepair. This document can be one of three broad types. Interim Schedules are served while the commercial property is still being leased by the tenant whereas Terminal Schedules are served in the final year of the lease and often stipulate the removal of branding items. This may be followed by a Final Schedule which is served after the lease has ended.

Spray Painting Metalwork in Dilapidations

A professional company experienced in spray painting metalwork in dilapidations will be able to assess the works necessary for restoration and the costs involved. Sometimes more than one company will be called in to rectify specific areas of damage because an array of renovations other than metalwork may be necessary.

Disrepair can range from minor problems concerning decoration to major structural defects such as leaking roofs and cracks in elevations. Normally, any changes to the internal layout of a building may have to be reversed. Signage, lighting and air conditioning units have to be removed unless the proprietor sees these changes as an improvement. A dilapidations schedule might also include an obligation to comply with statutory requirements concerning electrical systems and fire hazards.

A total overhaul, general repairs and / or redecoration may be required including re-plastering walls or repainting suspended ceilings. In many cases, spray painting metalwork will be part of a schedule of dilapidations not simply for redecoration, but to stop metal surfaces from deteriorating further and therefore, to increase the longevity of underlying substrates.

Why Recoating Metal in Dilapidations is Cost Effective

Recoating metal in dilapidations is cost effective as it helps to rejuvenate properties as well as halting any degeneration. For example, re-spraying curtain walling electrostatically preserves the metal framework and saves having to replace the windows. This preventative measure applies to various types of surfaces. Consequently, dilapidations spraying of cladding or any other architectural metalwork is a common part of dilapidations projects. Such work should encompass recoating metal cladding before cut edge corrosion has set in which can affect the integrity of the structure, however cladding and other metal features can be repaired.

Often dilapidations works are carried out to restore a building back to its original condition, but sometimes premises change their use. The transition from one tenant to another may involve an alteration in building usage such as the conversion of an office block to residential apartments. Here, a total re-fit may be necessary and this changeover needs to be efficient to save unnecessary expenditure. Simply recoating metal in dilapidations is a cost effective method of completely altering the look of premises such as for rebranding.

Choose the Best On-Site Sprayers in Dilapidations

If you are a tenant coming to the end of a lease or a proprietor looking to rent out a commercial property it is important to choose the best on-site sprayers in dilapidations. Professional metal painters will complete any dilapidation works quickly and to a high standard. When dilapidations are due employ a company experienced in the area of dilapidation to carry out the work and all operatives should have the relevant safety qualifications. Professionals will be experienced in liaising with property owners (or their professional representatives) in order to carry out a good quality schedule of dilapidations.

It is worth noting that if the tenants break the contractual arrangement, they may have to pay compensation or exit costs, to enable the owner to reinstate the commercial premises to its original state. The Landlord / Landlady may gain Court approval to carry out specialist spraying in dilapidations projects at the tenant’s expense. So if a building falls into disrepair the leasehold obligations can be expensive for a tenant and the asset value will be less for the owner. Legal advice can be sought at any point in the process of dilapidations spraying and other work, but in the long run money can always be saved by preventing deterioration of a building.