It is common procedure for landlords to enter into a licence for alteration in the event of a tenant requesting permission to undertake work to a leasehold property. This may be required if a tenant is looking to make structural or non-structural changes to a property, such as changing the layout of a room or implementing a loft conversion.
A licence for alteration is an essential formality to ensure that a tenant obtains consent from the landlord before altering a property. The deed usually sets out the exact terms and conditions of the planned works, any changes that are prohibited, timescales for tenants to complete the works, as well as insurance obligations. It also outlines the statutory consents that the tenant may be required to obtain prior to work being carried out.
If you are a landlord with a tenant looking to carry out work to the property you are leasing, you will require a licence for alteration to ensure that any planned works will not cause any long-term impact to the property or negatively impact on its value. The cost of this will usually be covered by the tenant.
Our specialist residential and commercial property lawyers handle licences for landlords, providing practical legal advice on all aspects of the licence and the provisions that need to be included. Using our extensive experience of assisting both residential and commercial property clients we help ensure that any changes made not only suit all parties but are also within suitable legal parameters.
Sherrards’ property team is experienced in the licence for alteration process and aim to make the process as quick and cost-effective as possible.