What happens about repairs at the end of the lease?
There will usually be provisions within the lease (called “covenants”) which specify what the tenant has to do in order to keep the property in repair.
If the tenant has not complied with the covenants then the landlord may serve upon the tenant a “terminal dilapidations claim”..
The landlord will be entitled to claim damages from the tenant in respect of the tenant’s breach of covenant. The amount of damages that the landlord can recover is limited to the cost of remedying the breach of covenant (i.e. the cost of the repair works); any professional fees and expenses incurred by the landlord; and any loss of rent suffered by the landlord whilst the repair works are being carried out.
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