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If a lease stipulates that floors should be carpeted, can a new owner of the flat disregard this provision if the floor was not carpeted at the time of purchase?

The lease is a binding contract and the new owner will be bound by the covenants.

The lease should set out how the covenants can be enforced. It is normally the landlord who has the power to enforce covenants within the lease. This means that a leaseholder will generally need to instruct the landlord to enforce the covenants against another leaseholder and where required by the lease indemnify the landlord against the costs involved.

Download a template for a nuisance letter – asking the landlord to take action

In some leases certain covenants may be mutually enforceable. This means that a leaseholder could take legal action directly against another leaseholder for breach of covenant.

In the first instance it may be advisable to try to resolve the matter amicably perhaps through mediation.

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