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    Permission Structure Leasee/Lessor

    Hi All

    I live in a block of flats on 999-year lease, we have an Ltd company with equal shares amongst leaseholders, the ltd Company has bought the Freehold. Over the decade's people have made alterations to the internal layout such as adding or taking walls away. I am planning a minor change myself, I am adding an ensuite bathroom for which I have sought permission from The landlord (the company), the landlord has agreed as long as I am responsible for building regs etc.

    The Lease states that lessee shall not alter the internal layout or walls, there are also a number of other situations where the landlord has granted a permission which contradicts the lease, for example, the lease states the floor should be carpeted. The landlord granted permission for an alternative with the proviso of soundproofing, fair enough.

    I wondered about the hierarchy of decision, obviously, permissions can be granted. How stong is permission relative to the lease that contradicts the permission? Suppose the landlord wanted to reverse their decision at a later date, presumably, they could but who would then be in breach of the lease given the landlord has authorised the works.

    I would be super interested to hear if anyone has any stories or thoughts on the matter.


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