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Published On: March 31, 2023 | Last Updated On: November 3, 2023 | Blog | 0 comments

Understanding Licence for Alterations: What Tenants & Landlords Should Know

If you are a leaseholder or a freeholder of a residential property, then you should be familiar with the term “Licence for Alterations”. This is a legal document that outlines the terms and conditions under which a leaseholder can carry out alterations to their property. In this article, we will take a closer look at what a Licence for Alterations is and what it entails.

What is a Licence for Alterations?

A Licence for Alterations is a legal document that grants a leaseholder permission to make specific alterations to their property. The document is typically drawn up by the freeholder’s solicitor at the leaseholder’s expense and outlines the terms and conditions of the agreement.

Why is a Licence for Alterations Necessary?

A Licence for Alterations is essential to protect both the freeholder’s and the leaseholder’s interests.

The licence outlines the terms and conditions of the alterations and ensures that both parties are aware of their rights and obligations.

Without a Licence for Alterations, the leaseholder could be in breach of their lease, and the freeholder could face unexpected alterations to their property.

Also Read: Leasehold Services provided by Anthony Gold Solicitors

What does a Licence for Alterations Include?

A Licence for Alterations typically includes the following information:

  • The type of alterations that are permitted
  • The timeframe in which the alterations must be completed
  • The responsibilities of the leaseholder and the freeholder
  • The conditions under which the alterations can be carried out
  • Any restrictions or limitations on the alterations

What Should Leaseholders and Freeholders be Aware of?

Leaseholders should be aware that they must obtain a Licence for Alterations before carrying out any work on their property.

Failure to do so could result in legal action being taken against them. They should also ensure that the alterations they wish to make are in line with the terms and conditions outlined in the Licence for Alterations.

Freeholders should be aware that they have the right to refuse permission for certain types of alterations. They should also ensure that the Licence for Alterations is drawn up by a legal professional and that all terms and conditions are clearly outlined.

Also Read: What is freehold ownership?


A Licence for Alterations is an essential legal document for both leaseholders and freeholders. It protects both parties and ensures that any alterations made to the property are carried out in a safe and legal manner.

* Disclaimer: The information on the Anthony Gold website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. It is provided without any representations or warranties, express or implied.*

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