Gavin Smith wrote:Unfortunately, Marcus, with the council as your freeholder that isn't quite right. The Ts and Cs say:
"You do not make any alteration to the property without getting prior written permission. This includes replacing the central heating system, kitchen or bathroom fittings, your windows and/or front door (see Part 6 – Southwark’s leasehold policies."
"The lease says that you must ask the council’s permission if you want to make any alteration to your home. This includes things such as changing the bathroom or kitchen fittings, because they are the landlord’s fixtures and fittings – although the lease makes you responsible for looking after them.
"In general we will not refuse permission, provided that what you want to do is done to that part of the premises demised to you, and does not affect the structure of the building..."
This info is taken from the latest version of the lease sample conditions and so may differ in some respects.
Gavin Smith wrote:No, it isn't. It depends what formed part of the demise.
Read clause 7 of the lease:
"(7)Not to make any structural alterations or structural additions to the Property or remove any of the Landlord's fixtures and fittings without the previous consent in writing of the Landlord."
If they say it's theirs then it is theirs and doesn't form part of the demise. Refer to my earlier answer!
MarcusM wrote:I don't have a copy of the relevant lease and given that it is likely to be for a term of 125 years...
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