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Landlord’s consent to make alterations to business premises

If you are a tenant and wish to carry out improvements to your business premises, you will need to consider whether the consent of your landlord is required before you make any changes to the property.

Your landlord will usually require you to enter into a document called a ‘licence for alterations’ which gives you a written permission for the works to the property to be carried out.

Davies and Partners Solicitors 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 your surveyor to ensure that the agreed specifications for the work you intend to carry out 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.

Landlords will want a certain level of control over the works being carried out to their property. This needs to be balanced against a tenant’s desire for flexibility to adapt the premises for their business needs.

The commercial property team at Davies and Partners Solicitors understand these issues and will take a sensible and practical approach in helping you achieve your desired objectives.

 

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