Thanks for your enquiry.
Does the clause in the Lease put an absolute prohibition on renting out or does it say "not to let, other than with the consent of the Freeholder, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld"?
Hi, I do apologise for the delay in replying- I had o unexpectedly collect my daughter from school! Where consent is required under the lease to sublet the Freeholder cannot unreasonably withhold consent. For example a reasonable withholding of consent would be where the proposed tenant is a commercial tenant and is likely to break the terms of the lease. The Freeholder is also able to charge a reasonable fee to cover their costs in relation to granting consent. So, your Solicitor is quite correct. In an ideal world, the clause would not be in the Lease, but as it stands, it won't prevent you from renting out the property. I hope this assists and sets your mind at rest. If I have helped, I would be grateful if you could rate my answer. Kind Regards Al