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Landlord’s consent to make alterations to premises
If you are a tenant and wish to carry out improvements to your leasehold property, you will need to consider whether the consent of the landlord is required. Your landlord will usually require you to enter into a licence for alterations i.e. a written permission for the works.
Saracens have advised both tenants and landlords on applications for consent. Depending upon the nature of the works, major alterations can have an impact on the value of a property. Landlords should carefully consider the works intended by their tenant and the implications of these works on the structure of the property.
When acting for tenants we regularly liaise with surveyors to ensure that the agreed specifications are reflected in the written consent. Landlords will require that specifications are detailed and that the proposed works are accurately identified. A licence serves to protect both landlords and tenants. If works are carried out in accordance with a specification, this prevents a landlord from raising a grievance in the future. Similarly, if works contravene the specification, the licence provides the landlord with recourse against the tenant.
It goes without saying that landlords will want a certain level of control over the works being carried out. This needs to be balanced against a tenant’s desire for flexibility. The commercial property team at Saracens understand these issues and will take a sensible and practical approach in helping you achieve your desired objective.
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