You may be persuaded that a survey of a leased or tenanted pub is not necessary, like any property transaction either freehold, leasehold or a tenancy, a survey in respect of your property committments is essential.
Firstly you may get a knowledgeable friend to view the property to identify any obvious faults before you commit serious money to a professional survey.
It always seems such a total waste of money to pay for a full survey when there were some obvious serious structural defects which any experienced builder would identify or suspect areas where specific questions need answering whem a full survey was carried out.
Two opinions are better than one, the need for a professional survey is vital before purchase, if something is missed then the surveyor must have professional indemnity, your friendly builder will not.
A full structural survey is essential if you are responsible for the whole building and the dilapidations must be agreed with the landlord or his agent, before you sign the lease, do not sign the lease without a total agreement confirmed in writing to your satisfaction and that there are no outstanding dilapidations.
The industry is littered with dilapidation claims where the landlords agent was alleged to have said everything is fine, you have nothing to worry about.
In respect of tenancies where internal or external decoration is involved, ensure that it is agreed in writing when the next major decoration is due.
In respect of freeholds it is equally essential to have a full survey, since you could be taking on anything from dry rot to animal infestation. Dry rot is always a favourite in beer cellars, where this is always water, very little light and restricted air flow.
Asbestos surveys, electrical wiring and appliance surveys or up to date certificates, heating, boilers and plumbing service records. Gas certificates, energy performance, all external play equipment, risk assessments and sewers and sewerage disposal.