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

Licence to Alter: The basics

Leaseholders do not own their property outright, but have the right to occupy or sublet it for an extended period, typically 99 years or more. This means they do not have an automatic right to make lasting alterations to the property, such as installing a new wet room or replacing the windows. Instead, they must … Read more

EKA Launch new “Licence to Alter” Team

Are you a Landlord or Property Manager? Responsible for administering or providing consent for Leaseholder Alterations? We can help you protect the Landlords Interests by: Providing an independent assessment of the Leaseholder’s proposals and preparing a detailed highlighting the impact and any long-term implications of the Leaseholder’s works; Ensuring the alterations will not have a negative … Read more