Dilapidation is the difference in the condition of a tenanted property, residential or commercial, between the beginning of the lease and the performance of lease responsibilities when the tenant leaves the property. Disputes can often arise when the costs for repairs and redecoration are made known to the outgoing tenant. Gardner & Co will provide specialist support to either party or mediate as appropriate to bring about a satisfactory resolution.



We act for Landlords and Tenants in end of tenancy dilapidation claims.

Whether as a landlord you need a schedule preparing or as a tenant you need advice on contesting a schedule, we bring our experience to bear to resolve your problem.

We conduct all negotiations and using our considerable knowledge of the law and building repairs. We can assure clients of the best and fairest of outcomes.

Fast, reliable and friendly. Was happy to discuss the results of the survey and make suggestions for going forward. Would highly recommend.

Dave Teasdale

Very thorough survey conducted by Gardner Surveyors thank you. As a result we avoided a creaking house with asbestos purchase! Reliable, quick and reasonable price.

Juliet Boulton

Fantastic service from start to finish. Thank you for your hard work and advice.

Lesley Tripp

Andrew completed a Preliminary Homebuyers Survey and immediately set our minds at rest. The report gave us the confidence to know that the movement we were experiencing was within tolerance and was not likely to cause any undue conditions. We have no hesitation in recommending his services to family, friends and business acquaintances.

James Wallis, AllPoint Consulting

I have used Gardner Surveyors on two occasions to undertake surveys on my house purchases. I wouldn’t even consider using anyone else, and frequently recommend Andrew to anyone looking to instruct a surveyor. Andrew is great to deal with, easy to contact, and responds quickly to any query. He leaves no stone unturned and clearly explains his findings without jargon, so you fully understand.

Joanne Walton

Fantastic service from the team from start to finish. So professional and they got our project off the ground with no fuss when without them we quite simply could not have done it. Would highly recommend their services

TT Builders Limited

If a rented property has not been returned to the owner in the condition agreed within the original lease, then an assessment by an experienced professional is often required. Gardner & Co will provide the appropriate report which will specify the repairs or maintenance for which the tenant has financial responsibility, and this is often a quicker and less confrontational means of resolving issues than involving the legal processes.

An interim dilapidation assessment will often take place during a long lease period and is designed to maintain the property in good order. Gardner & Co will usually be asked by the landlord to attend and carry out a survey to identify elements of disrepair with the intention of preventing further deterioration in accordance with the lease.

Gardner & Co are experienced at undertaking condition surveys according to differing client objectives. At its most basic level it is a snapshot of the condition of a building at a particular time and will establish any maintenance requirements and necessary repairs.

Our advice for tenants entering into any lease agreement is to fully understand their obligations when the lease period ends. Regardless of the Landlord’s inventory and condition report it is often useful for the Tenant to conduct their own inventory and assessment at the outset as well. This will need to be undertaken by an experienced assessor such as Gardner & Co and can be used if there is an end of tenancy dispute concerning the original condition.