Licence For Alterations

Licence For Alterations

Alterations to premises are frequently subject to limitations imposed by commercial lease agreements. To guarantee the reinstatement of the premises to their initial configuration upon the lease's expiration, a Licence for Alterations is required.


It is common for commercial leases to stipulate limitations on permitted alterations to real estate. A Licence for Alterations is required to guarantee that, upon the lease's expiration, the premises are returned to their initial configuration.

A Licence for Alterations is precisely that.

A tenant frequently requests specific modifications to the commercial property they occupy under the terms of a lease. The tenant will likely require the landlord's permission to implement these modifications. This authorization will be presented as a document titled "Licence for Alterations."

Why are modifications necessary?

These modifications may be necessary for an assortment of reasons, including:

  • modifying the structure to accommodate the commercial needs of the tenant,
  • performing the installation of new services
  • Destroying walls to create a more open layout for the property
  • Establishing offices or other compact spaces on the premises through the construction of walls or partitions.

The landlord's intention regarding the extent of the tenant's proposed alterations to the property and the terms of the lease will determine whether a Licence for Alterations is required.

Why a Licence for Alterations is important for Tenant?

A Licence for Alterations is important to the tenant for a number of reasons,

  • to ensure they comply with the terms of their lease
  • To avoid breaching the lease and facing enforcement action
  • If a Licence for Alterations is not granted prior to the works being carried out and the tenant retrospectively seeks this, the landlord will be given a huge advantage in terms of negotiating power and the demands they can make for the Licence to be given
  • Tenant seeking to assign a lease whereby unauthorised alterations have taken place may face difficulties in finding potential purchasers.


Why is a Licence for Alterations essential for a landlord?

A Licence for Alterations is essential for the landlord to ensure that all alterations made to their property are recorded accurately. Reinstatement clauses are frequently included in lease agreements. These clauses impose a responsibility on the tenant to restore the property to its original state prior to the commencement of the lease. This may involve the tenant removing any fixtures or fittings that were installed during their tenancy. Although these tasks are generally performed at the tenant's expense, the landlord must have a comprehensive understanding of precisely what needs to be removed.

In what ways may we be of assistance?

We acknowledge the critical nature of safeguarding the interests of both the landlord and the tenant in order to avert potential conflicts that may arise as a consequence of the proposed modifications. Whether you are a tenant or commercial landlord, HS Legal Solicitors can handle all the paperwork required to reach a satisfactory resolution for all parties.

If you have any specific questions or would like more detailed advice related to licence for alteration, then please contact on 01206500181.