The term 'dilapidations' refers to breaches of lease covenants that relate to the condition of the property, and the process of remedying those breaches.

Run-down building

This guide deals only with breaches by the tenant and the landlord’s subsequent remedies towards the end of the lease term; sometimes known as 'terminal dilapidations'. 

The guide does not deal specifically with leases which end because of the exercising of a break clause. It relates to the law and procedure in England and Wales; other parts of the British Isles have their own law and processes which can differ from those detailed here.


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