If you are a tenant taking a lease of a commercial property generally it will be the tenant’s responsibility under the terms of the lease to keep the property in good and substantial repair and condition. Then you may want to consider a “Schedule of Condition”
We feel that the tenant’s obligations, relating to the state of repair and condition, be limited to the state it was in at the time the lease was taken out.
To do this, the landlord and tenant need to agree before the lease is entered into, a “Schedule of Condition” this is document which contains photos and a report recording the state, or repair and condition. This would mean that the tenant is not left having to complete repairs which were present when they took on the lease and also the schedule will accurately record the condition that the tenant is required to keep the property in.
The “Schedule of Condition”, if agreed between the landlord and tenant is then referred to in the lease and attached to the lease so that if during the term or at the end of the term of the lease there are questions over the responsibility for certain repairs the schedule of condition can be referred to.
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