Sustainability is an increasingly important concern for property management. When a lease expires or is terminated, dilapidations refer to the tenant’s duty to fix or maintain a property. It’s essential to consider the environmental impact of dilapidations and take steps toward sustainable building management. Tenants are therefore responsible for making these repairs and keeping them in good condition.
sustainability in dilapidations
The Move to Green Dilapidations

There has been a significant trend towards green and sustainable dilapidations in the UK in recent years. This shift is driven by global attention to environmental sustainability targets and the pressing need to reduce waste and carbon emissions associated with conventional dilapidation processes.

Challenges and Solutions

Currently, the dilapidation process often results in substantial waste due to the frequent stripping out and fitting in of materials at every lease cycle. Professionals advocate for a long-term approach that meets the needs of both tenants and landlords while minimising waste.

This approach may include the following strategies:
Waste Reduction: Increasing efforts to discourage the disposal of items that could be reused after a lease term.
Collaborative Strategies: Implementing green dilapidations, which minimise waste materials and costs through collaboration throughout the entire letting period.

Legal and Financial Matters

Regarding the financial aspects, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) recently changed their policy on the VAT treatment of dilapidation payments. Effective from April 1 2022, no VAT will be charged on dilapidation payments. Consequently, this change provides clarity for both landlords and tenants, ensuring that sustainable practices do not have adverse tax implications.

Cost Implications

According to the Building Cost Information Service (BCIS), the average cost of building activities associated with schedules of dilapidations increased by 17.7% from the second quarter of 2021 to the second quarter of 2023. This statistic highlights the financial impact of dilapidations and underscores the potential cost savings achievable through sustainable practices.

Environmental Responsibility

The issue of environmental responsibility in retail dilapidations is gaining increasing attention. By adopting green practices, landlords can significantly reduce the materials, resources, and costs associated with the fit-out and strip-out cycles.

Market Expectations and Collaboration

A sustainable approach to dilapidations is attainable through several methods:
Altering Market Expectations: Changing the market’s expectations regarding vacant space to value existing fit-outs.
Whole Life Term Consideration: Encouraging tenants to consider the entire life term of fit-outs leads to less waste and more sustainable use of materials.
Transparency and Collaboration: Enhancing transparency and collaboration between tenants and landlords to find mutually beneficial solutions.

sustainability in dilapidations

In conclusion, the dilapidations sector in the UK is increasingly embracing sustainability and environmental considerations. This shift involves rethinking traditional practices, adopting collaborative strategies, and aligning with legal and financial frameworks to create a more sustainable and responsible approach to property management.

Contact us today at to schedule a consultation and discover how our sustainable dilapidation solutions can save you money and reduce your environmental footprint.