Alterations and Sub-letting solicitors in London and Essex
Most commercial leases provided that the tenant is unable to make any alterations or to sub-let the premises without the landlord’s prior consent. Consent is recorded in a licence for alterations or licence to sub-let.
Whether you are a tenant who needs to seek your landlord’s consent or a landlord who has been approached by their tenant with a consent request, we will be delighted to assist and advise you on the legal points to consider. The process does not merely involve giving consent or not but the terms of the licence containing such consent should be carefully considered.
For example, a licence for alterations should clearly set out the proposed works, requirements to comply with relevant legislation when carrying out such works and require the tenant to remove the works, at their cost, at the end of their lease or prior to vacating the premises.
If you are a tenant, and you decide to make alterations to or sub-let the premises without a written consent in place, you may be in breach of your lease and your landlord might have the right to bring the lease to an end and evict you from the premises. In addition, the landlord might bring a claim against you for any losses or damages it incurs such as costs incurred for removing your alterations, or for evicting any sub-tenant. It may be possible to apply for retrospective consent from your landlord, in which case we can help to draft and negotiate such documentation should it be necessary.
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