Alterations to a Leasehold Property? Have you breached your lease?

Whether you are a tenant in a long leasehold flat or a commercial tenant through a business lease, making alterations to a property maybe considered to be necessary for your use and enjoyment of the property. However before you start making any alterations to the property you occupy you should read the ‘Alterations Clause’ in your lease to determine if your landlord’s consent is required.

In most properly drafted leases, whether residential or commercial, there will be an absolute prohibition on altering a property unless you have the landlord’s approval. If the correct procedure in making the alterations is followed the process can be relatively stress free and straightforward. However if your landlord’s consent has not been sought or indeed granted you may find yourself in court with heavy costs to pay in compensation and legal fees.

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