Jon Rowling

Dilapidations in England and Scotland. Our new white paper highlights the differences.

To celebrate the continued success of our Edinburgh office, and the increase in dilapidations instructions we are managing north of the border for our clients, we present a paper on recent changes to Scottish dilapidations law and procedure, and we identify the main differences between dilapidations in Scotland and south of the border in England and Wales.

TFT Dilapidations Flow Charts

The TFT Dilapidations Flowcharts are an industry first. They explain and demystify the various steps involved in a typical end-of-lease dilapidations dispute, identifying how a dilapidations liability is calculated. For the first time, complex issues such as the classification of fixtures and chattels, the reinstatement of alterations and disrepair are explained visually. The dilapidations dispute resolution process and options are also identified.

We hope the TFT Dilapidations Flowcharts will become a useful industry-standard resource for both clients and other surveyors to help improve the dilapidations process. At present, partly because dilapidations disputes can be highly complicated but partly also because many who dabble in dilapidations do not know the background to the issues, dilapidations disputes can become contentious, costly and time consuming. The TFT Dilapidations Flowcharts are part of our effort to improve this area of practice.

RICS Building Surveying Conference 2018 – TFT speakers confirmed

This year’s RICS Building Surveying Conference will highlight the latest developments within the built environment sector and focus on the impact of emerging technologies.

TFT will be speaking on a number of topics: Dan Cooper will be chairing the Dilapidations update and the Building Conservation in Practice case study, Jon Rowling will be contributing to the dilapidations update and David Mann will provide insights for the Reinstatement Cost Assessments and Technical Due Diligence sessions.

The Conference takes place in London on 2 May. More details can be found here.

TFT demystifies dilapidations

The TFT Dilapidations Flowcharts are an industry first. They explain and demystify the various steps involved in a typical end-of-lease dilapidations dispute, identifying how a dilapidations liability is calculated. For the first time, complex issues such as the classification of fixtures and chattels, the reinstatement of alterations and disrepair are explained visually. The dilapidations dispute resolution process and options are also identified.

We hope the TFT Dilapidations Flowcharts will become a useful industry-standard resource for both clients and other surveyors to help improve the dilapidations process. At present, partly because dilapidations disputes can be highly complicated but partly also because many who dabble in dilapidations do not know the background to the issues, dilapidations disputes can become contentious, costly and time consuming. The TFT Dilapidations Flowcharts are part of our effort to improve this area of practice.

Jon Rowling, Technical Partner:

We created these flowcharts to help demystify what can be perceived as an impenetrable and complex area of surveying and the law. Hopefully, with wider knowledge within the professions, dilapidations disputes can become less contentious, easier to understand and easier to settle. We hope you find the TFT Dilapidations Flowcharts helpful, perhaps even interesting!

The TFT two step approach to supersession

Supersession is an undefined quasi-legal term used in dilapidations disputes. In broad terms, most understand it to mean that the actions of the landlord might (or might not) affect their ability to claim certain items from their former tenants. For the first time, an approach to supersession has been developed, based on standard principles of contractual damages claims, which suggests what issues are relevant and how to decide whether the landlord’s claim should or should not be ‘superseded’.

The TFT Two Step Approach to Supersession was used as the basis for the first instance of formal RICS guidance on this concept, within the current edition of the RICS Dilapidations Guidance Note (England and Wales), the author of which was TFT’s Jon Rowling.

Dilapidations: Preparation and Negotiation

An e-learning CPD training video providing a background to dilapidations for all RICS surveyors and the M&E community.

TFT’s paper on dilapidations ADR identifies the options available in the UK

An article by Jon Rowling, who heads TFT’s dilapidations, service charge and dispute resolutions services, identifies alternative forms of dispute resolution for dilapidations disputes in the United Kingdom. Published in the Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation Volume 6 Number 2, it suggests that the various forms of ADR should always be considered as a preferable approach to litigation.

TFT speaking at RICS Dilapidations Forum Conference 2017

TFT Partner Neil Gilbert will be speaking at this year’s RICS Dilapidations Forum Conference in September. Neil will review the RICS dilapidations guidance note, now in its second year, and debate whether the dilapidations process has improved and whether settlements have been achieved any quicker.

Jon Rowling, TFT’s Head of Dilapidations will also be speaking as a panel member about supersession.

The Conference itself will be chaired by TFT Partner Paul Spaven. More details can be found here.

TFT targets dilapidations and disputes business, and appoints Jon Rowling

TFT has announced the launch of its new dispute resolution service led by industry authority Jon Rowling, who will also head up the firm’s dilapidations and service charge business.

Jon Rowling joins TFT as Technical Partner on the 1st August. For the past seven years he has been the Founding Director of Goodrow Building Consultancy Ltd (Goodrow), the specialist provider of dilapidations dispute resolution and litigation support. He was lead author of the 2016 RICS Guidance Note ‘Dilapidations in England and Wales, 7th edition’, of the RICS Consumer Guide to Dilapidations, and of the RICS Dilapidations Resolution Scheme. Jon is a course tutor for RICS in dilapidations and dilapidations dispute resolution. Prior to establishing Goodrow he spent two years as Partner with Malcolm Hollis LLP, and was previously a Partner at Watts Group Ltd.

Jon is former Chair of the RICS Dilapidations Forum Steering Group, a position now held by TFT’s Paul Spaven.

TFT has ambitious goals to develop the business over the next five years and dispute resolution and dilapidations are an important part of the strategy to achieve them. Our clients are navigating a wide range of ever more complex property issues and Jon’s appointment, together with the new service line launch reflects our commitment to meeting their needs.

TFT advises Grainger on £22.1M scheme

TFT has provided Technical Due Diligence (TFT) advice to Grainger for their acquisition of the 233 apartment PRS element within the Rock Shopping Centre in Bury. The interest was acquired from JV Kennedy Wilson Europe and Fairfax Financial.

The 140,800 sq ft residential scheme includes a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom flats and sits in the heart of the 550,000 sq ft retail and leisure complex.

TFT has provided Technical Due Diligence (TFT) advice to Grainger for their acquisition of the 233 apartment PRS element within the Rock Shopping Centre in Bury. The interest was acquired from JV Kennedy Wilson Europe and Fairfax Financial.

The 140,800 sq ft residential scheme includes a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom flats and sits in the heart of the 550,000 sq ft retail and leisure complex.