Bearing the Load: Structural Alterations in Leasehold Apartments

Structural works in apartment licence to alter

Navigating the process of making alterations to a leasehold apartment involves more than just having a vision; it requires careful coordination and permission from various parties, starting with the landlord. The first step in this journey is obtaining a ‘licence to alter’, a critical form of consent that leaseholders must secure from the building’s landlord … Read more

Damage Control: Navigating Apartment Alterations Challenges

Leasehold apartment living means the sound of hammering, sawing, drilling, and the occasional swear word from a frustrated contractor, is not uncommon. These are the signs of change, of improvement, or so we hope. All works carried out in an apartment can, and often do, lead to some level of disruption for other residents. It’s … Read more

Waterproofing Apartments Without Going Overboard

bathroom waterproofing licence to alter

In blocks of flats, the transformation of personal spaces through alterations is a common endeavour aimed at enhancing comfort, aesthetics and functionality. However, such modifications, especially in creating or refurbishing ‘wet’ areas like bathrooms, shower rooms, kitchens and utility rooms, come with their share of challenges and responsibilities.  Among these, the imperative of incorporating effective waterproofing … Read more

Can I replace my carpets with hard flooring?

In this blog, I look at one of the most common apartment alterations and how Faidi should guide those involved in licence to alter. A typical, older flat lease will require that all parts of the demise are carpeted (including underlay), with the exception of the kitchen and bathrooms. The main driver for the presence … Read more

Licence to do what?!?!

Licence to do what?! Working as a building surveyor gives you some fascinating insights into how people live and what makes them tick. We’re often in and out of people’s homes, after all, and we’re trained to be observant! But perhaps there’s no aspect of a surveyor’s job more revealing than working on licence to … Read more

Don’t let Licence to Alter Drive you up the Wall

The number of leaseholders seeking permission to alter their apartments are on the rise. This has been driven by the need for more homeworking space, perhaps a children’s playroom, or simply to capitalise on the value created from an alteration.  Building surveyors and property managers are seeing more sophistication and ingenuity in effecting those changes, … Read more


On 6 May 2020, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the case of Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Ltd [2020] UKSC 18, dismissing the Landlord’s appeal. The ruling states that a landlord is not entitled to grant a licence for alterations for works which would otherwise breach an absolute covenant where there was also … Read more

Want to make alterations to your flat? You may need a licence to alter

We have crafted a handy document which provides guidance for leaseholders on the Licence to Alter process. Click here to view. There are many ways in which a leaseholder could make alterations to their property to improve its condition, its size, its value, or to improve their own quality of life. However, it’s important to … Read more

Future Group Presents: A Christmas CPD event | 18 Dec 2019

Details: Delighted to be invited to  speak at this festive & valuable CPD afternoon session organised by Future Group. The afternoon includes a number of speakers from the block management sector, and Earl Kendrick Building Surveyors will be discussing ‘The 12 things a surveyor wants for Christmas’… DATE: 18 DECEMBER START: 13:30 DRINKS: 17:00 – … Read more

CPD Event: Leasehold Management Professionals, 3 Dec 2019

Details: Sponsored by Earl Kendrick Building Surveyors, this is a valuable CPD afternoon session organised by Leasehold Management Professionals. The afternoon includes a number of speakers from the block management sector, followed by festive drinks. EVENT TIMINGS: 12:00 to 13:00 – Lunch & Networking 13:00 to 15:30 – Speakers & Sessions 15:30 to 16:30 – Post-Event Drinks & … Read more