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Dilapidations disputes

Edward Shaw outlines new guidance to practitioners on the impact of the CPR on dilapidations practice and procedures

15 November 2002

Lord Woolf’s extensive review of civil procedure has produced some dramatic changes in aspects of civil litigation. These changes have inevitably spread much further than the legal world, and other professions are also having to review their procedures. But new guidance is available to help building surveyors through unfamiliar territory. Role of the building surveyor For many decades the area of dilapidations disputes was jealously guarded as the realm of the chartered building surveyor. Other areas of landlord and tenant law could be shared, but repairing covenants, and dilapidations in particular, were ours and any interfering valuer or solicitor could expect a frosty reception. We understood the nature of the beast, when you could squeeze the tenant on the back of a legal claim or avoid liability by hiding documentation. Tactical secrets were never shared and an inexperienced surveyor could expect a torrid time at the hands of an old master. Sch...

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