On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at 2 p.m. ET, The TASA Group, Inc., in conjunction with construction and building code expert David Doddridge, presented a free, interactive, one-hour webinar, Commercial Building Inspections: Baseline Property Condition Assessment Process, for all legal professionals.
Purchasers and lessees/lessors of commercial real estate are expected to perform their “due diligence” with regards to the condition of the property they are entering into a contract over. Part of this “due diligence” process is to hire a trained professional to assess and inspect the condition of the commercial property. It is important to the purchaser of commercial real estate to understand the condition of the property they are purchasing. It is also important to a tenant (lessee) and landlord (lessor) to document the condition of the property prior to taking or relinquishing control of the property.
Commercial leases often place the maintenance of the property on the tenant. Therefore, it is important for the tenant to document the condition of the property prior to taking control of the property. In doing so, the tenant reduces his/her risk at the end of the lease by being able to document the specific condition of the property prior to taking control, thus eliminating their responsibility for pre-existing conditions.
The inspection guidelines under which these commercial property inspections are performed are known as a “Baseline Property Condition Assessments.” These property condition assessments are performed under a guideline written and published by ASTM known as “ASTM 2018-8; “Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments: Baseline Property Condition Assessment Process”.
Under this process, the inspection report will identify the visual condition of the following:
* Site conditions; including drainage, topography, landscaping etc.
* Structural frame and building envelope
* Air conditioning & ventilation
* Vertical transportation (i.e. elevators)
* Life safety/Fire protection
* Interior elements
About the Expert
David Doddridge has more than 50,000 hours of hands-on construction, building inspection and consultation experience. As an expert, David provides attorneys with expert consultation services in the following areas: personal injury, construction accidents, OSHA, construction defects and damages, building codes and building inspections. He performs site inspections, writes expert reports and presents expert testimony.