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The case involved a Victorian office building of approximately 2,500 sq ft.

The tenant, Rhinegold Publishing Ltd, received a dilapidations schedule from the landlord with a dilapidations claim of £180,000.

Rhinegold originally instructed a building surveyor from another firm to negotiate the dilapidations.  The building surveyor negotiated the claim down to £90,000 and recommended settlement at this level.  At this point Allsop was approached to provide a second opinion.

Allsop could immediately foresee a supersession argument here – where the future use of the building almost certainly ……… as residential, not the present office use.

We were instructed by Rhinegold and insisted on a section 18 valuation.

Over several months we negotiated the dilapidations claim down to £22,000.  We saved the client a further £68,000 or 75% on the settlement recommended by the building surveyor highlighting that the skill of the dilapidations negotiator is critical to success.

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