Licence to Alter

Do you want to alter your leasehold property to update its style or improve accessibility? Do you understand the process of obtaining a Licence to Alter and your limitations? If you’re a leaseholder or freeholder that needs expert and impartial assistance from a RICS chartered surveyor, we can lend a helping hand.

At Harding Chartered Surveyors, we can review Licence to Alter proposals on behalf of landlords and tenants in London. In the process, we’ll help you protect your investment, your building and its occupants. Additionally, we’ll minimise the risk of delays and errors, ensuring the proposed works are completed according to the agreed terms.

What is a Licence to Alter?

Leaseholders must obtain a Licence to Alter before modifying their property, depending on the proposed worlks. This allows freeholders to protect themselves against potential losses and ensure the works won’t adversely affect other residents in the building.
In most cases, freeholders should consent to the proposed alterations provided the leaseholder agrees to reasonable terms. Obtaining a Licence to Alter can often be a drawn-out and complicated process, but you can trust our chartered surveyors to make it as straightforward as possible.

Examples of works that require a Licence to Alter

  • Structural alterations
  • Sanitary facility installations
  • New heating installations
  • Wall removals and modifications
  • Window replacements
  • New opening formations


How chartered surveyors can help landlords

We can review the lease terms and covenants relating to the Licence to Alter as well as act as the mediator between you and your tenants. We can also survey your building before work commences and ensure alterations are completed according to the Licence to Alter terms.

The benefits of our services

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of your freeholder’s proposed works
  • Protect your assets, building and other leaseholders
  • Ensure the leaseholder sticks to the agreement
  • Minimise the risk of errors and delays

What we can do for leaseholders in London

Our chartered surveyors can draft and review your proposed works before approaching your landlord for consent. If required, we can prepare and check documents including structural drawings, construction specifications and design drawings.

Why hire our chartered surveyors?

  • Minimise the risk of errors and delays
  • Understand the scope of your proposed works
  • Simplify what can be a lengthy and complex process
  • Raise disputes if your landlord unreasonably rejects your proposal

Recent Reviews

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Karen Ng

22:30 01 Jul 19

Very efficient service and very detailed report. We are very satisfied.

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Lily Kwong

10:38 24 Jun 19

Really quick turn around and professional service.

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Neill Ghosh

14:22 11 Jun 19

Have used for years and always been very happy. Competitive on service and always good on deadlines and quality. Recommended.

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Kevin Loughlin

20:27 28 Mar 19

The surveyor turned up on time as planned to survey the roof, both inside and out, then was happy to discuss it all with us afterwards. Bit tricky in high winds. Report arrived 2 days later, just what we needed. Professional and thorough. Recommended.

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Jon Brennan

09:44 01 Mar 19

Quick, responsive and very thorough. Would definitely recommend Hardings to others, and will come back to them the next time I need a survey completed.

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Abi and Andy La Fontaine

20:57 20 Feb 19

Quick, efficient and excellent service. Came as a recommendation from a friend and we’d happily recommend too.

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A Google User
16:25 16 Dec 18

Thorough and professional surveyors. Very happy with their service. Highly recommended.

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A Google User
15:54 10 Nov 18

Good, thorough, and promptly scheduled homebuyer survey in Fulham. The surveyor called me and explained everything clearly.

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A Google User
14:12 18 May 18

We had two homebuyers surveys conducted by James. He was extremely knowledgeable, transparent and went the extra mile to inform my girlfriend and I of the results of each survey. Would highly recommend.

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A Google User
10:41 29 Apr 18

I highly recommend David. Very good technical knowledge. He was always available for our questions, which included a detailed call on the same day as the survey. The written survey report was clear, detailed and included pictures and estimates of the cost of repairs.

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A Google User
11:16 09 Jan 18

David gave us a fantastic service and has been a huge help during our property purchase process. We have had 2 surveys carried out, both of which were arranged very promptly. Thorough and extremely useful telephone calls and full written reports were received shortly afterwards. David’s reports and advice have been invaluable to us.

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Sarah Dixon

14:13 08 Jan 18

I have worked with David and his team as a buying agent for many years now. The service they offer is an excellent one, timely with a commonsensical approach. I would recommend them to anyone.

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Elif Erdine

14:30 04 Oct 17

Very experienced firm and friendly staff. Highly recommended.

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Contact us for expert Licence to Alter advice

At Harding Chartered Surveyors, we’ve provided impartial property advice to tenants and landlords for decades. If you want to know more about the Licence to Alter, important considerations and how our chartered surveyors can help, we encourage you to contact our team of highly trained professionals by calling 020 3598 6730.