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Hello I run a non profits arts organisation. We are negotiating

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I run a non profits arts organisation. We are negotiating a contract on a new commercial property. Our solicitor has been waiting to receive the lease for a number off weeks.
The vendors solicitor contacted our solicitor and said they wanted us to do a survey on the property. Our solictor has told us he is not qualified to do this, and it will cost £500 pounds, plus and extra £1500-2000 to write a new contract with this survey included.
My question is. Is this standard practice, as I have negotiated commercial contracts before and this idea of a survey has never come up.
Can we decline to do this. Ie is it optional.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 5 years ago.

AlexWatts2013 : Hello my name is Alex and I will help. Is it the landlord that wishes a survey? Did they give a reason why?
JACUSTOMER-d84ibote- :

Hi Alex. No they didn't give a reason? It is also the first time they have mentioned it, we have been waiting to receive the lease for weeks.

JACUSTOMER-d84ibote- :

Yeah sorry, It is the landlord yes.

AlexWatts2013 : Thank you. I can say this is not standard practice. I have never known someone want a survey before a tenant moves in with a lease. In any event it should be up to the landlord to bear the cost, after all it is his/her property.
AlexWatts2013 : So to answer your question, this is not standard practice. It sometimes can happen but is quite rare
Expert:  Ash replied 5 years ago.

I am just following up on this. Is there anything else I can help with? If so, please let me know.

Expert:  Nicola-mod replied 5 years ago.

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