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Does the lease say they have to "not unreasonably withhold" consent for these changes?
Well, it doesnt matter if another flat has done - they might not have been supposed to do it, two wrongs dont make a right.
Legally, the issue is what's in your lease.
And this should say whether they have to give consent, or whether they can simply say no.
If they give consent TO YOU, then yes, but just because they consent to them doesn't mean that HAVE to consent to you if the lease doesn't require it. However, what you usually find, is that leases say they will consider it and not unreasonably withhold that consent. You would say that by allowing somebody else to do it, and denying you, means that they're being unreasonable and, if the lease says it, this might be a breach of the lease term not to unreasonably withhold consent.
So, having agreed to others is evidence of what they consider reasonable.
It's not likely they'll be able to object unless there is a pretty good reason, like structural stability or safety, if the lease requires them to not unreasonably withhold consent.
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Well, I'm no professional valuer, but I don't really see how it would devalue his flat?!
Sounds to me like they might need to reconsider their approach to this and consider granting you consent!
Sounds a little odd, but I don't know whether this is likely to be true or not. It's really something a surveyor should be able to assist with, which the management company could employ to look at this if needs be as it concerns an issue between two tenants.
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