Leases usually contain restrictions upon what the tenant may or may not do with the premises being leased.
Such restrictions may relate to the use of the premises or, for example, the nature of the alterations which the tenant is permitted to carry out. Certain restrictions may be absolute, for example, the tenant may not be allowed to carry out any structural alterations to the premises. Other restrictions may require the landlord’s prior consent before the change is made. The lease may set out a procedure for applying for the landlord’s consent and will usually provide that the tenant is to be responsible for the landlord’s legal and other costs, such as surveyor’s fees, in considering whether to grant consent or not.W