Reinstatement is an essential contractual obligation at the end of any lease period when the tenant needs to return the premises to the landlord. The “reinstatement clause” is an integral part of all tenancy agreements, which stipulates that the tenant must reinstate the premises to its original condition at the end of the lease period before handing back the premises to the landlord. This process is usually quite tedious as there are many details which are necessary to comply to restore the premises to the condition when you first moved into it. It is also common that the time frame given is relatively short as the landlord needs the premises ready for the incoming tenant to take over.
Scope of reinstatement works
It is common that every business has its unique and specific requirements especially in terms of space planning and electrical points and will definitely need to do modifications to the existing premises in order to cater for their operational needs. Therefore it is important to know the common components as listed below:
Termination and removal of all electrical cables for lighting points, power points data points, telephone points, air con, sign boards, etc.
Termination and removal of all plumbing inlet, outlet pipes and fittings.
Termination and removal of fire safety systems such as fire sprinkler, etc.
Removal of all furniture items including customized built-in items and loose furniture items.
Removal of all false ceiling and drywall partitions.
Hacking and demolition of block walls, floor tiles wall tiles and any other cement mortar structures.
Removal of all wall and floor finishes such as wallpaper, carpet, vinyl, etc.
Removal of all doors, windows, curtains, blinds, etc.
Restoring all lighting, power points and air con units to their original positions.
Restoring all fire sprinklers to their original positions.
Painting of all walls and ceiling to their original colour.