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Licences for Alterations

Premises often need some alterations or adaptations to meet the requirements of individual Tenants.

Depending on the lease terms it is likely that a License to Alter will be required from the Landlord, giving the Tenant permission to carry out the alterations.

Usually only unsubstantial changes are permitted under the terms of the lease and without the Landlord’s approval.

Therefore, a Licence for Alteration documents the changes and often any requirement for reinstatement of these alterations.

For Tenants;

  • We assist in writing specifications of the works and preparing the accompanying plans to clearly record the alterations.
  • Allocation of costs.
  • Manage the works onsite through to practical completion where necessary.
  • Ensure the necessary statutory obligations are met.
  • Ensure the Landlords reinstatement obligations are clearly defined.

For Landlords;

  • We review the proposed changes to assess any impact on the building.
  • Allocation of costs.
  • Inspect the works upon completion to ensure they do not have any negative impact upon the building or other matters such as buildings insurance.
  • Ensure the Tenants reinstatement obligations are clearly defined.

Obtaining permission can be a time-consuming matter, particularly if it coincides with agreeing the lease itself, so it is important to start the process as soon as the requirement for alterations becomes apparent.

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Senior Associate

John MacMillan
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