Dilapidation Reports: The Complete Guide

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15 February, 2021

Whether you’re an investor or property owner, preserving and protecting your property is of the utmost importance. After all, these are some of the most valuable assets that we all possess. If a local council or private financiers are undertaking some construction works in the close proximity of your property, documenting the state of your property prior to the beginning of those works is essential.

 

Building and demolition activities require heavy machinery and equipment, which can be used to conduct a series of tasks such as the removal of soil, trees, existing slabs or even building foundation­.

 

These changes could potentially lead to some unpredicted and unpleasant damages on your property. In order to protect yourself financially, you will need something known as a Dilapidation Report.

 

In this article, we take you the ins and outs of a dilapidation report, including what they include, as well as their practical uses.

What exactly is a Dilapidation Report?

A dilapidation report, also known as a Condition Report, is an official document which provides a snapshot of property’s condition at a specific point in time. Its purpose is to serve as evidence of any damages that may have occurred as the result of a nearby construction site.

 

The report records any existing damage on a property, as well as any aspects of the property that are likely to be altered by the construction works. Importantly, a dilapidation report is accepted in the Court of Law.

 

Condition Reports are usually conveyed on properties located near new construction sites. They are created right before any works begin, and right after they are completed. If any damage occurs as a result of nearby construction works, then the report can be used to prove which damages occurred.

What should a Dilapidation Report contain?

Created by experience building consultants, Dilapidation Reports contain notes, photos and diagrams. Together, all these elements paint as accurate a picture as possible, regarding the state of the property in questions.

 

In order to gather this information, a licensed building consultant will physically visit the location. Having a sound understanding of what kind of damage could occur to a property, the building consultant will provide a report which provides an accurate picture of the property. Both the property owner and the party with a nearby construction site should then sign off on the report.

 

In the case of residential house, for example, a Dilapidation Report may cover the following areas of a property:

 

  • Driveways
  • Street guttering
  • Paved footpaths
  • Nature stripes
  • Yards
  • Fences
  • Other relevant areas that could be affected

Who may need a Dilapidation Report?

People who may need a Condition Report usually fall into one of three groups, being:

 

  • Homeowners: As we mentioned above, construction works – like a new home being built – may cause damage to an existing home. A Dilapidation Report will protect nearby houses.
  • Local councils: False allegations can be made, where a party falsely claims that damagers have occurred. In this case, a Condition Report can be used to protect the defendant from false claims.
  • Roadwork companies: Roadworks often demand heavy machinery. The resulting vibrations can go so far as damaging nearby buildings. Roadworks companies can benefit from Dilapidation Reports to protect themselves from damages that may have occurred as the result of previous roadworks.

Conclusion

If you require a Dilapidation Report then feel free to contact us at PBAQS. With over 20 years of experience as professional building consultants, our team is able to help protect you against damages that have resulted due to someone else’s actions.