Handling tenant's applications for approval to alterations (ARCHIVED)

A landlord (or more likely his managing agent) will be faced from time to time with a situation in which his tenant applies for consent to make alterations to the leased property. Sometimes it will be found on examination that no formal consent is required under the lease, that the works are de minimis or that the tenant is merely advising the landlord of his proposals as a matter of courtesy. In these cases a polite acknowledgement may be all that is needed. More frequently the tenant will require consent.

The following notes have been prepared in the hope of smoothing the process which can cause considerable irritation and damage good landlord and tenant relations if not handled sensibly and promptly.

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