Selling Flat Without Licence to Alter

If you’re the leasehold owner of a flat and want to make alterations to the property, you’ll need to apply for a licence to alter from the freeholder – and not having one may make a sale harder.

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Your top questions when selling flat without licence to alter

✅ What is a licence to alter and how does it affect leasehold flats?

A licence to alter is a document that the freeholder – the outright owner of the building in which a leasehold flat is located and the land on which is was built – signs that authorises the leaseholder of the flat to make certain alterations to the home. Without having this document in place, the leaseholder is otherwise prohibited from pursuing those changes.

✅ What details must be included in a typical licence to alter?

Although each licence to alter will be unique to the specific property at issue, this document must typically include a range of information relevant to the alterations that the leaseholder plans on making the to the flat, including a general timeline for completing the changes, any restrictions or other limits imposed on that work, and other important details.

✅ Will the lack of a licence to alter make it harder to sell my flat?

Possibly, because buyers may have a few concerns about the property as a result of the lack of a licence to alter. One worry they might have is that it will be all but impossible for them to make any alterations to the home in the future. Another fear could be about potential legal liability they may face as the next owner if you have already completed some changes without the licence.

✅ What is the process for getting a licence to alter for my flat?

You will have to ask your freeholder directly to approve your application for a licence to alter, and this request must include a highly detailed range of information. For example, you’ll need to provide in-depth specifics about the work that you would like to have done in the flat, along with a timeline for getting it done, assurances it will comply with building regulations, and more.

✅ Does my freeholder have the right to refuse my licence to alter?

Yes, the freeholder of a flat does have general authority to reject an application for a licence to alter on several grounds, including that the planned work would undermine the building’s structural integrity. But they cannot deny a licence in some cases, such as if the work is required by law, and you can also consider appealing the rejection of an application.

✅ What is the swiftest method for selling a flat without a licence to alter?

Contact a quick home buyer because these companies, such as LDN Properties, have the ability to complete the entire process of buying a home in a handful of weeks, and that includes paying you the sale proceeds and exchanging contracts. It’s usually weeks or months faster than you can expect when selling on your own, with an estate agent or at an auction.

✅ Will I need to pay commission to sell a flat that lacks a licence to alter?

Not if you decide to sell without any third-party help or if you choose to sell your flat to a zero-commission quick buyer like LDN Properties, as these are two great ways to avoid paying any fees. But if you opt for selling your home using the services of either an auctioneer or an estate agent then you will need to pay them fees that will be taken out of the sale proceeds.

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