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Alterations and Sub-Letting

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.

Our unique selling point is that we understand what clients want from their lawyers. We will manage your transaction proactively, with careful attention to detail while never losing sight of the bigger picture.

While working with us you will have access to our strong network of other professionals such as estate agents, surveyors, accountants, independent financial advisers and bankers.

We offer a range of pricing options and will be happy to discuss these with you. As a client-centred law firm, we will be transparent with you about our pricing and actively manage these in line with our agreements.

How we can help with Alterations and Sub-Letting matters

We will give you expert advice and representation from the start-to-finish of your matter, while making sure that you understand the various stages along the way. We can guide you through matters including:

  • Advising on how to deal with applications for a licence to alter or sub-let premises.
  • Drafting and negotiating the necessary legal documentation to adequately evidence the licence to alter or sub-let premises, and any associated terms that ought to be discussed and agreed. 
  • Project managing your transaction, based on industry practice, to make sure that all relevant tasks are completed properly and allowing you to focus on day-to-day business matters in the knowledge that your advisers are protecting your interests.


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