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Under the terms of your lease, you need written permission from the landlord (Sutton Council) to carry out alterations and improvements affecting the internal or external structure of your property.
If you carry out any alterations without obtaining the relevant permission you will be in breach of your lease and we may require you to reinstate the property to its original condition, at your cost. A retrospective application does not guarantee approval.
You must complete an application form to get written consent for leasehold alterations.
There is a non-refundable application fee of £140 which covers the administration of the application, including our surveyor’s inspections. Once we receive the fee, we will process your application on behalf of Sutton Council.
This permission is separate from, and in addition to, any other necessary permissions such as Planning Permission and Building Control (opens in new window).
Some types of minor alteration do not require formal consent (such as replacing kitchen cabinets) and some types of alterations will not be consented to.
We also strongly recommend that you refer to both your own lease and our Leasehold Property Alterations Consents Policy (PDF 76KB) which we will used to determine whether we will grant consent.
Please note, if your proposed alteration results in an additional room or an increase in living space, this will affect how your services charges, and the charges of other leaseholders in your block, are calculated. This will require variations to your lease and the other leases in the block to show this change and you will be required to cover the legal costs for this. It is recommended that you appoint a solicitor to act on your behalf.
Description of alterations
To help you decide on whether you need to apply for consent, please select the description below that best describes your proposed alterations.