Appointing a Dilapidations Surveyor

A surveyor may be dispute resolver, advisor or expert witness on any particular dilapidations dispute. In order to best serve their clients needs, the surveyor will seek to the purpose of the advice sought and their clients position.

Top surveyors will have a solid background knowledge of legal and factual advice and will therefore be able to describe how your dilapidations dispute may be affected by existing frameworks and precedent. This information can (and should) inform the decisions taken from the moment of appointment to resolution.

That being said, despite an obligation to the RICS for a Chartered Building Surveyor to be objective, honest, polite, constructive and professional, the valid opinions of involved parties may differ from that of the Surveyor's. A proper surveyor will give proper advice even though a client may choose to disregard it.

To find out what's involved in dilapidations disputes, view our dilapidations survey page here.

Dilapidations Surveyors Fees

The fees charged by a dilapidations surveyor depends on the ways in which they are engaged within the dilapidations process and are subject to agreement between the surveyor and their appointing parties.

Examples of contributing factors when establishing the overall cost of dilapidations surveyors fees are below:

  • Engaging specialists as sub-consultants as required (depends on the particularities of the dilapidations dispute i.e. environment, sector and relevant legal precedents).

  • Costing the remedial works (sometimes the landlord will opt to do this if they're so inclined). This may include engaging 

  • Preparing the Quantified Demand/ Response

  • Preparing the Schedule of Dilapidations/ Scott Schedule? (See information on the cost of a Schedule of Dilapidations here)

  • Allowing for a re-inspection of the property at a later date (such as at lease end)

  • The surveyor’s proposed fee arrangement (please contact us to discuss this)

  • If the surveyor is engaged as an expert witness

  • Whether the surveyor needs to send documents to the other party (or parties).

  • Time to meet and discuss matters with the other party’s surveyor (in cases where the surveyor is not acting on behalf of both parties).

Note: If it is possible to appoint an impartial surveyor to act on behalf of both parties (an 'agreed surveyor') then this last cost can be zeroed.

Contact us today to discuss appointing Metcalfe Briggs Surveyors as your Dilapidations Surveyor.