This case involves a Cambridge City centre commercial property where Metcalfe Briggs Surveyors were instructed by the landlord. The tenant, a major clearing bank had vacated two years earlier.
The property had effectively been abandoned although the keys had not been returned and the lease was continuing. The lease was for internal repair only with the exception of the shop front externally. A survey revealed extensive asbestos and problems with the drains.
A detailed schedule of dilapidations and costings resulted in a significant settlement enabling the landlord to arrange for contractors to enter the property on the day after the lease end to affect the necessary works ready for re-letting.