Do I need a Licence to Alter? What is it?

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You may have the heard the term 'Licence to Alter' if you are a Leaseholder, but what does it mean and when do you need one?


As a leaseholder, there may come a time when you might need to consider a change to the layout of your property.


The lease will determine whether this is possible or not; if alterations are possible then this will most likely require the landlord’s consent. Making alterations without researching the lease and obtaining consent could mean that you are in breach of your lease, and this should be avoided at all cost.


Internal redecoration does not usually require a Licence but it is essential to check your lease to be sure. However, if you are considering changing something structural, decorating the exterior or altering the room usage which requires re-wiring, plumbing or similar, then you will most likely need to apply for a Licence to Alter.

What does a Licence to Alter include?

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    A complete breakdown of the work to be done.

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    All costs involved – labour, materials, scaffolding, landlord’s costs.

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    Timescale – to ensure minimum disturbance to neighbours and to inform insurance companies.

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    Any permissions such as planning permission that must be included in the application.

Therefore, a Licence to Alter ensures that a formal agreement between the Landlord and the Leaseholder, drawn up by the Landlord’s solicitor, which protects both parties involved and avoids a breach of lease. This might be needed if you come to sell your property.

Best wishes,


Jamie Fisk
BW Residential Ltd

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