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Licence to Alter

licence to alter

Licence to Alter is the term given to the consent required by a leaseholder who wants to make alterations to their leasehold property prior to doing so. It is a written document setting out the terms and conditions of the alteration work to be carried out with an aim to ensure no conflicts arise as a result of the work.

Whilst a Licence to Alter is a simple contract between a Leaseholder and their Landlord, it often involves multiple stakeholders. Once the Leaseholder asks the Landlord for permission to carry out the alteration, the Landlord will usually ask a surveyor to review the proposals, assess them in the respect of the lease and the possible implications on the rest of the building. The surveyor will also provide recommendations for the Terms and Conditions of the the licence.

Other leaseholders in the building may have to be consulted and their interests taken into consideration, along with planning law, building regulations and any management guidelines relevant to the particular property.

Solicitors will act on behalf of the Landlord and/or the Leaseholder, liasing between the two to draw up the formal consent, or Licence to Alter with all considerations in mind. Whilst simple in theory, Licences to Alter are often complicated in practice therefore professional guidance is advised.

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