What exactly are the rules surrounding changes to a lease agreement- can the landlord change a lease after it is signed?
Here we look at when a landlord can change the lease and when a tenant is able to do so. This includes variations to the lease, terminating a lease and if there are any times where neither party can change a lease.
Some clauses that may be within a lease are:
- Do you need permission to make alterations?
- What will you be paying to maintain the property?
- Are there service charges?
- Do you or the landlord have responsibility for repairs?
These are important details to know. You should also know your rights when it comes to your lease and if you want to make changes. You can read more about landlord permission for alterations here.
You have the right to be advised about; certain maintenance, running costs and details about any changes.
You may be able to challenge certain charges in some circumstances- knowing which are relevant to your situation can make all the difference when you find yourself in a difficult position.
Can a lease be changed?
A lease can indeed be varied and the easiest way to do this is if both parties come to an agreement. This is done through a document called a Deed of Variation and The it means that both the landlord and the tenant will agree to amend certain parts of the lease that they have previously signed.
Can tenants change a lease?
Although your lease will tell you what conditions you have agreed to, these can be written in quite complex terms and be hard to comprehend without legal advice. Once the lease is completed, the landlord cannot alter the terms of the lease. A lease can be varied if the landlord is agreeable to the change of the term suggested by the tenant.
Can a landlord change a lease?
When considering whether you want to sign a lease or not, you may start to wonder if the landlord can change the lease. Here, we will explore the details of when a landlord can and can’t change a lease.
What if a landlord tries to end the lease early?
If the landlord tried to end the lease early, you could seek statutory compensation from the landlord if the lease has security or tenure.
In the UK, it is very rare that you can be evicted and that a landlord can end a lease before the term is up. However, under some circumstances, leases do allow the landlord to do this if there is a break clause exercisable by the landlord only or the exclusion of security of tenure. It is important when signing a lease to have valid representation in the form of a trusted solicitor to avoid having the complication occurring.
Kaiser Solicitors are well adept at dealing with the ins and outs of all sorts of leases. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.