Residential leases contain covenants. And those covenants will often set out what alterations can (and cannot) be made by a leaseholder to their flat. Some leases will absolutely prohibit alterations being made to a flat, whereas others might permit a leaseholder to make alterations as long as they obtain consent to do so.
From time to time, those obligations are breached, and unauthorised alterations are undertaken by a leaseholder.
Cutting, maiming or injuring?
Leases differ from block to block. This means the alterations covenants vary from block to block, too.
It’s essential to consider the terms of the lease and identify which clause (or clauses) deal with alterations. And then to establish whether those clauses have been breached.
Our team of experts can carry out a review of your lease and advise on any breach(es). Not only will you receive our expert opinion, but also practical advice on your options to resolve the situation.
Dealing with breaches
We recognise that litigation is generally unwelcome for all parties.
Where possible, we’ll assist you in dealing with breaches swiftly and efficiently, avoiding escalation of the situation.
But if informal resolution isn’t possible, our heavyweight team of experts will be on your side in any action taken in either the County Court or First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) (or Leasehold Valuation Tribunal for properties located in Wales).
Licence to alter
A licence to alter gives permission to a leaseholder to carry out authorised alterations and works to their flat.
It’s common for unauthorised alterations to be regularised by the parties agreeing a licence to alter.
We’re on hand to prepare and draft your licence.