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Dilapidations | Building Surveying | Schedules of Condition | Project Management


We provide an extensive professional service offering a full range of property related matters including building surveys on commercial and residential properties, schedules of condition, project management, pre-acquisition surveys, insurance cost assessment party walls and historic buildings including old timber framework.

We are client focused, whether owner, occupier, landlord or tenant and cover a wide area including Essex, Suffolk, East Anglia London and the Southeast.

Our Building Surveyors deal with:

  • Building Surveys
  • Dilapidations
  • Schedules of Condition
  • Project Management
  • Pre-Acquisition Surveys
  • Insurance Reinstatement Costs
  • Timber Frame Properties
  • Historic Properties
  • Listed Buildings and Conservation

Our Services Include:

Dilapidations are a legal process and are contested by landlords and tenants and refer to the tenant’s alleged breaches of the repair, redecoration or reinstatement obligations contained in a lease. The first step in the process, is usually made under a landlords ‘Schedule of Dilapidations’. There are three types of landlord’s schedule: Interim, Terminal and Final.

Schedule of Condition
This is a formal record of the condition of a building and can be attached to a lease to limit a tenant’s dilapidations liability, and in turn costs, at lease expiry.

Project Management
We have a wealth of experience acting in various roles on various projects, commercial and residential under JCT and NEC contracts including, Contract Administrator’s, Clerk of Works to a full Project Management Role. We aim to work collaboratively with the client and design team to deliver the project no matter what size or value on budget, on time and to a high quality.


We offer a tailored solution dependent upon the scale of project and the client’s requirements from contract administration, employer’s agent, clerk of works to a full project management role. Our aim is to work collaboratively with the client and design team to deliver the project on budget, on time and to a high quality using our extensive experience in this field.

We have the experience to provide Feasibility Studies for individual clients to provide them with information to base their decisions and evaluate the project potential for success. This is achieved by investigating the technical, economic, legal resources and financial feasibility.

Insurance Cost Assessments
This is required by most UK Insurance Underwriters and is the professional evaluation of a building’s rebuild costs following destruction. Accuracy is crucial to ensure the property is insured adequately. In order to maintain accuracy it is recommended that they are reviewed every 3 years and to save both time and money the client we can combine them with a Building Survey (fee applicable) providing a complete package.

Party Walls & Neighbouring Issues
We provide clients with advice on minimising and resolving disputes arising under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 representing both Building Owners and Adjoining Owners.

We cover three specific types of work:
1 - Alterations to party walls.
2 - Construction of new walls on the boundary.
3 - Excavation close to neighbouring properties.

We provide a pragmatic approach within the relevant legislative frameworks with a high quality service which includes undertaking comprehensive Schedule of Condition Reports and legally agree Party Wall Awards, which are commonly referred to as Party Wall Agreements.

Pre-Acquisition Surveyors
We provide a detailed understanding of the existing condition of the property, future liabilities prior to the acquisition of the building, whether by purchase or lease. The report will also consider legislative compliance issues, health and safety, energy efficiency and thermal performance.

Building Surveying
We provide an extensive and professional range of building surveys to suit our client’s needs.

Defect diagnosis reports on historic to modern buildings will identify whether the problem is due to a fault in construction, with buildings materials, or poor design and will advise on the appropriate remedial works required with indicative budget costs. Defects include roofing defects, damp, cracks or bulges and condensation, etc.

Expert Witness reports are prepared where defects have occurred as a direct result of defective workmanship or by a third party. It is possible for the cost of the repair to be recovered from the parties responsible, together with the costs of making the claim. Our reports will provide independent support to enable a claim for damages to be made. This can then, where necessary be used in court proceedings resulting from that claim. We have particular expertise with timber frame, historic buildings and conservation.

Development Monitoring
We work on behalf of funders, owners and end users of properties to identify and provide solutions to issues via development appraisals. Our experience in Project Managing many construction projects has provided us with the skills to identify and address potential issues including specification, compliance, quality, time and cost which ensures risks are mitigated prior to them becoming an issue therefore avoiding delays. The reporting methods and formats are developed to suit each individual client’s requirements.


Key Contacts

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Tom Godfrey joined Whybrow’s Property and Asset Management team as a Graduate Surveyor. Tom has achieved a Master’s degree in Building Surveying, and is now in the process of completing the APC and becoming chartered at Whybrow. Prior to joining the company, Tom's experiences were in Property Management, managing a portfolio of properties throughout the South East of England, but primarily in London. This involved managing properties on behalf of a diverse range of clients; developers and private individuals, commercial property organisations in both, public and private sectors, government agencies, local authorities, and social housing groups. Tom is also experienced in managing commercial properties falling within a wide variety of use classes, including industrial buildings, office space, food and drink establishments, and retail units, as well as residential properties. In addition to the Property & Asset Management role, Tom is a Graduate Surveyor in Whybrow’s Building Surveying department, overseen by a Qualified Surveyor. This involves duties such as; preparing dilapidations reports on behalf of landlords or Schedules of Condition on behalf of tenants, representing landlords or tenants in dilapidations negotiations in order to ensure the client achieves the best possible settlement, Contract Administration and Project Management jobs, preparing specifications for works and tendering these to contractors, and monitoring building works such as alterations/ modifications to properties or new tenants’ fit-out works. One of Tom's most recent work completions in Building Surveying was being the Contract Administrator in the fitting out of a new store for Wilkin & Sons (Tiptree Jam) launching in October 2017. Tom also has a strong interest in sustainability, and completed his MSc thesis on the subject of environmentally-friendly methods of construction and strategies which can be employed to improve the energy efficiency of buildings during their occupational phase. This aspect of the property industry is becoming increasingly important, and occupiers and landlords alike are becoming more engaged with the sustainability agenda. This is particularly true following the introduction of new governmental legislation regarding Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES). These new standards are due to come into effect in April 2018: it will be unlawful to let a property with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating lower than ‘E’ after this date. In addition to these new statutory restrictions, greener properties have improved letting prospects and are more attractive to tenants due to their reduced running costs. It can therefore certainly pay to review the energy performance of a building and consider all the available upgrades which might be cost-effectively installed. Outside of work, when not socialising with friends, Tom loves both playing and watching sport; particularly football, cricket and rugby. Tom also enjoys music, regularly going to concerts or music festivals, and plays guitar (very badly).

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Tom Godfrey


Graduate Surveyor