When a leasehold owner wants to undertake alterations to their property a Licence for Alterations is required

Construction work that requires a Licence for Alterations varies. Ultimately it is dependant, on the lease terms and its requirements. In most cases, the wording of your lease will mean the leaseholder is required to obtain their freeholder’s written consent, in advance of commencing works. It is pertinent for a leaseholder, to comply with the specified lease alteration requirements. If you choose to ignore these, you will be in breach of the lease and could be asked to reinstate the property to its previous form.

Types of work that require a Licence for Alteration

  • Changing Windows

    Changing Windows

    Changing the properties windows will often require a Licence to Alter from the freeholder.

  • Floor Covering Changes

    Floor Covering Changes

    Changing the property floor coverings will often require a Licence for Alterations from the freeholder. Your Freeholder may require soundproofing underlay, waterproof barriers and acoustic testing

  • Kitchen & Bathroom Location Changes

    Kitchen & Bathroom Location Changes

    Both adding or changing a bathroom or kitchen’s location will often require a Licence to Alter from the freeholder. Your freeholder will usually request your works are undertaken by safety qualified professionals, as well as providing the relevant certificates.

  • Structural Changes

    Structural Changes

    Changes to the layout, the removal of load-bearing walls, chimney breasts, or creating openings within walls will often require a Licence for Alterations from the freeholder. Your Freeholder will usually request Surveyor input, proof of Contractor insurance, Structural Calculations/Engineer input and that the works are in line with building regulations.

  • Services Alterations

    Services Alterations

    Service Alterations include water, electricity and gas. They will often require a Licence to Alter from the freeholder. Your freeholder will usually request your works are undertaken by safety qualified professionals, as well as providing the relevant certificates.

  • Minor Construction Work

    Minor Construction Work

    This could be any works that are of non-structural nature. Ultimately it is dependant, on the lease terms and its requirements.

Licence for Alteration Costs

We believe that Licence for Alteration costs should be transparent. in order to obtain a fixed cost, please get in touch with our Surveying team who will be happy to advise.

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FAQ

How long do Licence for Alterations procedures take?

This depends on the works taking place, the available construction information, and the freeholder’s Solicitor or Surveyor.

We usually inspect the property within 3 days of instruction. Once complete if the required information is in place and the freeholder’s side accommodates a prompt turnaround, we could complete the licence within 7 days.

You are not required to notify your neighbours, from a legal perspective. However, we advise informing neighbours, this is both neighbourly and beneficial in the long term. If preferred we can do this on your behalf, ensuring neighbourly relationships are upheld.

In short, it depends on the planned construction works.

In any case, we recommend the following information is available:

  • Works Specification
  • Proposed & Existing Drawings
  • Start date and estimated work duration
  • Insurance Certificate for your Contractor’s
  • Planning permissions & Building Regulations Approvals
  • Structural Calculations (if applicable)

Each case is different, for a complete answer please get in touch and we will advise on the specific information required.

We will, our service includes pre, during, and post-construction work communications, with the freeholder and the neighbouring owners.