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Did a solicitor act on you behalf when taking the lease?
Did they advise you of your option to have a survey commissioned?
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I assume you are referring to a structural survey form a chartered surveyor.
There is no obligation for a proposed landlord to provide a structural survey to a proposed tenant. There is little consumer protection in this regard. It is for the proposed tenant/their solicitors to make appropriate enquiries and investigation of the state of the property. If the lease is a fully repairing one a solicitor would normally advise a client of the extent of their repairing obligations under the lease (inc cost implications) and then make them aware of their option to commission a survey with a surveyor to provide a commentary on the structure.
They could also attempt to negotiate a qualification to the repairing responsibilities which states that the tenant shall not be responsible to put the property in any better state of repair than that demonstrated in the Schedule of Condition (which provides a detailed commentary on the state and structure) or in a Schedule of Photographs (which is obviously not as reliable as a schedule of condition.
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The Control of Asbestos regulations imposes a duty to manage asbestos rather than to survey a property for asbestos. It does not extend to a stipulation that every commercial landlord must produce an asbestos survey to a proposed tenant I'm afraid.
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