Real Estate Tip of the Week : Sky High Alterations
Published 10 February 2014
If your tenant makes an application for permission to carry out works, make sure you check whether the works are wholly within his demise. This is often not the case, particularly where a tenant wants to put air conditioning or other plant and equipment on the roof of the building.
In such cases:
- Consider the lease terms, you may not be under any obligation to grant consent to such works;
- If you do consent, think about the restrictions you need to impose. Some equipment can be noisy or cause interference, so in addition to the usual covenants against nuisance or disturbance, you may want to reserve a right to turn off the equipment;
- Plant and equipment on the roof of the building can hinder future development, make sure you include in any licence for alterations an obligation requiring the tenant's equipment to be re-located if so required.