Internal alterations: Layout changes


If your alterations change the internal layout of your flat as shown on your lease plan, then you will need a licence for alterations. Examples are adding or removing internal walls or creating an internal doorway. This licence is a legal document that changes your lease. You cannot start work until the licence is issued. 

Applications for a licence for alterations should be sent to leaseholder services for registration.

Fees

Our fees in producing a licence for alterations that involve internal alterations only are as follows:

  • Administration including lease plan amendment: £417 
  • Legal fee: variable

All alteration requests will be subject to you obtaining any necessary statutory consents such as Building Control approval. Building control approval must be in the form of a Full plans application. A building notice will not be accepted.  It is important to tell the relevant authority that you have a Camden leasehold property.  This will ensure you obtain the correct permission/consent.  You are advised to seek landlords consent before applying for statutory approvals.

 

Internal alterations: Non layout changes

 

If your alterations do not change the internal layout of your flat then you will not need a licence for alterations. Examples are replacing bathrooms or kitchens, electrical work, plumbing, or replacing flooring. You will instead need written consent. Applications for consent should be sent to the relevant neighbourhood housing team or consideration.

It may be that your alterations will involve both layout and non-layout changes. In this case you will need both a licence for alterations for the layout changes and a written consent from the neighbourhood housing team. 

If you carry out work before obtaining our consent, you may be required to return the property to its original condition.  If this happens you will have to meet the cost.

 

Asbestos

 

Asbestos is not usually a problem if left undisturbed. However, if asbestos is damaged it can pose a risk to health. You should not disturb items that you think contain asbestos. If you decide to remove any asbestos from your home you should contact a licensed asbestos removal contractor. Details of licensed contractors can be found on the Health and Safety Executive website.

 

Types of internal alterations/usages that will not be allowed

 

Under the permitted use clause of your Right to Buy lease you must keep your property as a self-contained residential flat.  There are important management reasons for including this clause within your lease.  The following requests are therefore likely to be denied:

  • subdivision of a flat into separate units
  • combining two separate flats into one larger unit
  • using the flat as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) under the statutory scheme
  • using your flat for short term holiday lets
  • any scheme which alters the room stacking arrangement of the building causing a potential noise nuisance

 

Structural Alterations


Your lease does not allow you to carry out structural alterations. This is because the Council is responsible for maintaining the structure. However, the Council will consider applications to carry out structural alterations.  Structural alterations include, but may not be limited to, loft conversions, rear extensions and conservatories. As well as a licence for alteration you will also be issued with a deed of variation to your lease.

A guide is supplied here

If the area you will be developing is not in your leasehold demise then you must include purchasing the area as part of your application. Examples will be lofts or rear gardens.

The Council will value the area and sell it to you on a supplemental lease at the same time as the Deed of variation and licence for alterations are issued. Valuations are based on 35% of the gross development value of the area being purchased.

For information on the valuation please see the guide.

Our fees for structural alteration cases are:

Licence for Alterations: Structural alterations

  • Camden’s administration: £772
  • Legal fee: variable

Licence for Alterations: Structural alterations and purchasing additional land (e.g. lofts)

  • Valuation fee: £500
  • Camden’s administration: £778 
  • Legal fee: variable

Applications to carry out structural alterations should be sent to leaseholder services for registration.  Your application must include architectural standard drawings of your proposals.

All alteration requests will be subject to you obtaining necessary statutory consents such as Building Control approval or planning permission. It is important to tell the relevant authority that you have a Camden leasehold property.  This will ensure you obtain the correct permission/consent.  You are advised to seek landlords consent before applying for statutory approvals.

 

Types of work or usage likely to be denied.

 

Under the permitted use clause of your Right to Buy lease you must keep your property as a self-contained residential flat.  There are important management reasons for including this clause within your lease.  The following requests are therefore likely to be denied:

  • subdivision of a flat into separate units
  • combining two separate flats into one larger unit
  • using the flat as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) under the statutory scheme
  • using your flat for short term holiday lets
  • any scheme which alters the room stacking arrangement of the building causing a potential noise nuisance  

The following developments are also likely to be denied:

  • developments which include basement excavations
  • loft conversions where the loft contains working Council services such as water tanks or pipework
  • developments on communal estate land
  • developments on communal shared gardens  

In the context of the above, we strongly advise leaseholders not to incur costs for architectural plans and professional fees if it is likely the development could be denied.