Tenant Alterations

Where tenants wish to make alterations to premises that has been demised to them, there is often a requirement for the tenant to firstly obtain approval from the landlord with this approval then ultimately being documented in a License to Alter. The extent of the landlord’s involvement can vary depending upon the wording of the lease and what alterations are proposed, and often ‘reasonableness’ is either a specific requirement of the landlord, or it can be implied into the process in commercial leases.

Jones Melling Limited provide a bespoke service to our Clients to suit the specific requirements as all proposed alterations are of differing natures. However, there are certain features which follow a similar headline pattern:

  • Review of the existing lease terms; Analysis of the tenant’s proposed works;
  • Negotiation with the tenant on the detail of their works, to ensure no adverse effect on the landlord’s property or other occupiers of the building;
  • Reporting to the landlord (and their solicitor) on the scope of works and any concerns with regards to construction, legislation matters, etc.;
  • Comment on the wording of the draft License for Alterations and in particular on the reinstatement obligations;
  • Monitor works and vet accordingly all relevant documentation on completion of the works.

We aim to make this a pain free process for the landlord so as to protect their property asset whilst maintaining a good working relationship between them and the respective tenant. If you have any further queries on this subject or have a more specific project in mind, then please contact us.