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What is the limit that a builder can carry out work on a freehold

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What is the limit that a builder can carry out work on a freehold flat without permission from the freeholders
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Property Law
Expert:  vincent2013 replied 4 years ago.

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The precise answer to this will depend on the terms of the lease. However, a leaseholder will typically be unrestricted with regard to matters such as changing kitchens and bathrooms, re-plastering, changing floorcoverings (although hard-floorcoverings may require consent) and cosmetic and decorative changes. In essence, there are rarely many restrictions in respect of changes to the surfaces of internal walls, ceilings and floors as well as the removal and installation of fixtures and fittings.


What tends to require freehold consent are the moving (or removal) of internal walls, replacing windows, moving doorways and changes to the exterior. In short, consent is usually required where the changes are structural in nature or affect the outside of the property.


Notwithstanding the above, all modifications that expressly require the consent of the freeholder will certainly be included within the lease and this should be reviewed before undertaking work, as leases do differ in the level of restrictions imposed.


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