Pet owners: have you read and understood your lease?
By Naveen Agnihotri of Arden Chambers and Ibraheem Dulmeer of the Leasehold Advisory Service April 2017 The British may be...
It is usually the case that there will be a provision in leases in relation to any changes (alterations) to a leasehold property. There can be two types of clauses in the lease.
First type of clause may be one that allows you to make any changes. If the lease allows you to make any alterations, there may be a pre-condition that you must obtain consent from your landlord or some other party before proceeding with any works. This means that you cannot carry out the works without first obtaining consent. Consent should not be unreasonably withheld if the alteration is an improvement.
Or the lease can have a clause to prohibit any changes to be made to the property at all even if you ask for consent from the landlord. If your lease does not allow you to carry out alterations you will need to ask your landlord if they are willing to change (vary) the lease and remove this restriction.
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- More Frequently Asked Questions on Licenses/Consent
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