Introduction Surveys of lift installations are required for many reasons. In some cases, the frequency of breakdowns and stoppages becomes so great that the occupants of the building require the cause to be established by an independent surveyor, who is unconnected with the lift company responsible for maintenance, or with the landlord. There is also the situation where, while there have been numerous breakdowns, the lift service is maintained overall, but with a consequently high maintenance premium, involving a steady stream of bills for repairs and replacement parts. In such cases, it is important to establish that the contractor's claims are justified and that he is not increasing his profits by preying on laymen's limited knowledge.
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