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Why Is A Dilapidation Report So Important When Building A Home Adjacent To Others Property Owners.

DILAPIDATION REPORTS

A dilapidation report is extremely detailed and lists all the defects and damage in a building adjacent to the place where a new construction or renovation is going to take place.

It is a useful document which prevents unwanted litigation between parties.

WHAT IS A DILAPIDATION REPORT:

A dilapidation report is a report which details the condition of a building prior to the commencement of work, on an adjacent or nearby property.

The dilapidation report consists of both, detailed written observations and photographs of existing defects,
damage or condition, prior to construction starting.

In some places it is mandatory to get a dilapidation report prior to commencement of work.

The work being started can include one or more of the following:

* New building being constructed.

* Renovation of an existing structure.

* Alterations being carried out to an existing structure.

* Demolition of a structure.

* Trench excavations, boring etc.

* Road work

* Others

WHEN SHOULD THE DILAPIDATION REPORT BE UNDERTAKEN:

The initial inspection has to be carried out before the work commences. The inspector will record all the findings such as cracks, breakages, scratches, missing/broken glass panes, subsidence, condition of
fence etc.

The report will be in great detail and will have photographs too.

Copies of the dilapidation report are given to both the building owner, as well as to the person undertaking
the nearby construction.

This way, all the existing damage is recorded and available with both parties.

After the work is completed, another dilapidation report is prepared. This will show if any changes have
taken place in the building during the period of construction.

The dilapidation report will form the basis of a claim preferred for damage.

IS A DILAPIDATION REPORT MANDATORY:

Some local building authorities may require a dilapidation report of the area, just outside the construction
site, such as the kerb, footpaths, road or any other public fixture.

The Dilapidation Report Has To Be Prepared By An Independent Qualified Person... With No Conflict Of Interest.

The report will be in-depth and will also be backed with photographs.

This is done so that the local building authority can claim costs for any damages done to public areas and utilities.

DOES A DILAPIDATION REPORT MAKE CLAIMS EASIER:

Litigation is an expensive, time consuming process and should be avoided whenever possible.

In the absence of a dilapidation report, making a claim for damage will be difficult as the opposing party can claim that the damage already existed.

The case could very well go against the claimant and could be thrown out.

The dilapidation report will have evidentiary value for the claim that is being made.

Since existing problems have been recorded in detail and backed with photographs, the claim for damages can easily be proved for any new damage to the building.

Generally With A Dilapidation Report In Place... An Amicable Out Of Court Settlement Can Be Made.

CAN A CLAIM BE MADE FOR EXISTING DAMAGE:

Since the dilapidation report is very detailed and all problems have been identified and recorded; it will be
very difficult to make a claim for existing damage.

At times, the damage may be due to a reason other than the nearby construction. An old damaged fence
may have collapsed due to age and decay.

Making a claim that it was damaged due to vibrations from the construction site may not hold water; since
the state of the fence would have been mentioned in great detail.

WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM A DILAPIDATION REPORT:

A dilapidation report is beneficial to the owner as well as the builder. The existing state of the building is documented in detail.

The house owner may not have been aware of the existence of the crack mentioned in the dilapidation
report.

The report will also give the possible cause of the crack.

The dilapidation report helps in identifying existing problem and so that corrective action can be taken.

If any corrective action has been taken during the construction, then the inspector should be informed, so
that the dilapidation report can be updated.

With a dilapidation report, it becomes easier to make an insurance or legal claim, since the report can be
used to justify the claim.

A Dilapidation Report Will Be Beneficial To The Following Persons:

* Contractors.
* Property Developers.
* Builders.
* Neighbors.
* Insurance Companies.
* Local Authorities.
* Police And Emergency Services.

A dilapidation report is useful to both parties.

It protects them from unwanted litigation & any damage caused due to the construction, can be adequately
compensated, to the satisfaction of all concerned.



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