Structural repair is a technical term in construction that involves the revision, restoration, and performance of work to improve the deterioration of a building's structural integrity or to address side effects. It is different from renovations, as it adds relatively little value to a property. It is important for landlords and tenants to understand what is considered a “structural repair”. Repair is the technical aspect of rehabilitation and refers to the modification of a structure that has been partially or totally damaged in appearance or serviceability.
The landlord is responsible for performing all structural repairs that the tenant is not required to do. The success of the repair activity depends on the identification of the root cause of the deterioration of concrete structures, so it is essential that contractors with the necessary skills and experience are selected. Structural repairs can be done to improve strength and durability, extending the life of the structure. Fortunately, modern repair technology and advances in application techniques mean that effective solutions are available to address problems.
Sealing cracks with profiled stainless steel bars, resin grout, and other innovative products and materials is now widely accepted as an effective method of repair. From the perspective of the owner, structural work is limited to work that affects or alters the frame or load-bearing capacity of the building or work to remedy some failure on the part of the structure. All repairs made to essential structures such as foundations, frames, beams, etc., are considered structural repairs. The landlord is responsible for maintaining services not found within the premises in good condition and for keeping the property weatherproof.
This often involves the involvement of a structural engineer who can work closely with the contractor to perform the proper repair. Landlords generally accept such exclusion from the tenant's repair obligations, except when structural works arise as a result of the tenant's particular use of the premises or a particular need due to their business operations or refurbishment. Members of trade bodies can provide assured guarantees for much of the structural work they do.