What is a Dilapidation report?

A Dilapidation report is an inspection carried out in order to assess the condition of a building or property prior to proposed building or infrastructure works. The report is generated through photographs and observation.

The proposed work can include the following:

  • New Building
  • Renovation
  • Alterations
  • Retaining walls
  • Demolition
  • Underground excavation
  • Road Works.

When do you undertake a Dilapidation report?

The initial inspection will take place before any work begins. This will ensure all findings are documented, such as cracks, breakages and scratches. A second report will take place upon completion of the project. This report will provide useful information to the interested party in order to verify any damages towards property found from construction. The report will document the findings (if any) such as damages to the properties, or the new building project itself. Damages that are found range from brickwork damage, cracks in walls to scratches along fencing etc.

Do councils require a Dilapidation report?

In some circumstances the council may request a dilapidation report to cover areas outside construction, such as kerbing, footpaths and roads, or as part of DA approvals. In this circumstance, the report and inspection must be done by an independent qualified person. This will ensure accuracy in the report whilst eliminating conflicting interests.

A dilapidation report can make you claim trouble-free!

In the absence of a dilapidation report, proving a claim for damages may become rather difficult, or even defending a claim against damages. Therefore a report will provide comfort that in the event of damages, a conclusion may be made. Please note that a Dilapidation report differs from a defect report, it does not specialize in aspects such as terminated, dampness and structural compliance.

Can a Dilapidation report protect you from existing damage?

Obvious  problems are documented, although some things may appear separate from construction for example, the brick fencing of the adjacent property is old and has decayed over time causing many bricks to become free standing and/or fallen on the ground. The owner may try to make a claim blaming the constructions “vibrations” causing the fence to become weak, hence damaged. All properties are different, so all reports will vary, and specific places to look for, neighbouring property vary in ages and surroundings, hence a professional inspector will asses the relevant areas required relevant to each project and its surroundings.

Who is a Dilapidation report useful too?

Dilapidation reports assistance both the owners, and builder. It will identify general cracks to owners that they may have been unaware about and also give professional advice and reasoning as to why they may have occurred.

A Dilapidation report is helpful to some of the following:

  • Contractors
  • Builders
  • Developers
  • Neighbours
  • Council
  • Sydney water
  • Insurance companies

Can a dilapidation report assist an insurance or legal claim?

A dilapidation report should be done, so all damages prior and after are documented. This will ensure all relevant photographs and documentation are noted down should an insurance or legal claim take place, legal action can be either prevented or claims can be justified easily!