Protecting Your Assets by Making Good

Under typical lease arrangements the tenant is responsible for repairs and maintenance to a specified condition during the lease term and for returning the property to a defined condition at expiry.

This should not be underestimated. In terms of commercial office property, lease end Make Good can equate to 75 to 120% of the rent per square metre and more under certain circumstances.

If left to the uninitiated a lack of repairs and maintenance will lead to reduced life expectancies of the building’s elements, plant and equipment – and in turn, premature capital expenditure for the replacement of such items.

This often leads to conflict and disputes which can complicate the tenant’s relocation or the landlord’s re-letting of the premises. In some instances this can also legitimately allow the landlord to claim loss of rent, rates and other associated losses which can be significant.

Proactive Strategy

There are a number of strategies available to protect your assets and avoid costly and timely disputes.

For the Landlord 

  • Review lease covenants and seek advice
  • Schedule the condition of the property at lease commencement
  • Track and approve tenant works and retain details on file
  • Monitor tenant’s repair and maintenance obligations and flag any shortfalls (via an interim schedule of make good or repair notice)
  • Consider lease end Make Good early – 6 to 12 months prior to expiry
  • Schedule and cost the Make Good works
  • Gauge tenant’s response to physically undertaking the works
  • Consider physical works versus cash settlement and appropriately account for risk
  • Consider any tax implications of inherited fit out and write off for demolition
  • Consider the tax implications of any incentives and ownership of fit out going forward 

For the Tenant 

  • Review lease covenants and seek advice
  • Schedule the condition of the property at lease commencement
  • Plan and coordinate fit out works around the base building to reduce the Make Good
  • Schedule and cost the Make Good obligation and account for such in line with Financial Accounting Standards
  • Obtain written landlord approval to alterations throughout the lease term
  • Repair and maintain the premises in accordance with the lease
  • Consider future property needs and timing; weigh up benefit of cash settlement versus physical works

At Napier & Blakeley, we provide independent, professional advice in relation to repairs, maintenance and Make Good obligations throughout the lease cycle.

Our national team of Chartered Building Surveyors, Building Consultants, Services Engineers and Quantity Surveyors prepare cost effective, defensible reports to quantify the risks of Make Good and to maximise return on investment.

From over 25 years of business we have extensive data on Make Good costs which provide a quick benchmark comparison.

Please contact us at for a copy of our Make Good Cycle data card.

For further information contact:

Melbourne - Rob Howells            03 9915 6300   
Sydney – Gavin Peach                02 9299 1899    


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