At some point during a long-term commercial lease, the chances are that you will want to make adjustments to your property. This could be anything from redecoration to structural changes. You may need to gain your landlord’s consent for any work that you intend to carry out.

Get ahead of the game

Always check with your commercial lease solicitor in London before carrying out any changes. Saracens Solicitors will be able to help you check for certain whether you need to contact your landlord. Some reference to obtaining consent will be contained within your commercial lease. The relevant clause may stipulate specific circumstances which require consent and how to go about applying for it. There are some changes you may be able to make without permission from your landlord.

If it turns out that you do need to gain consent, do so before carrying out any work. If you do not, this can leave you open to a challenge from your landlord. They may be able to force you to restore the building to its former condition at your own expense. Also, making unauthorised alteration can be grounds for eviction.

Get everything in writing

Even if you have an excellent or informal relationship with your landlord, you still need to get properly drawn up documents relating to any changes that you make. This will protect you in the event of any future disputes. At Saracens Solicitors, we know that even the best relationships can become fraught if circumstances change.

To ensure you are covered, talk to our team who will be happy to advise you and provide legally sound paperwork to cover your adjustment. As your commercial lease solicitor in London, we can act on your behalf during negotiations with your landlord or their solicitor.

Think ahead

Saracens Solicitors have many years’ worth of experience acting as a commercial lease solicitor in London. This means that we know about commonly overlooked issues that are avoidable. For example, when you make adjustments, you need to know what your landlord’s expectations are with regard to the state of the property at the end of the lease. They may want the alterations reversed or they may be happy for them to remain.

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