Landlord's Consent to Assignment & Sub-letting: The conduct of applications 
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Mark Shelton, commercial property legal trainer
CPD Hours: 1
When a lease says that the tenant must get the landlord’s prior consent before assigning its lease, or sub-letting the premises, on the face of it that’s a very simple business. The tenant asks ‘Can I?’, and the landlord replies ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, according to inclination. In reality it’s much more involved than that; a combination of conventional lease drafting, statute, and caselaw has restricted to a large extent what landlords can do, while tenants need to be alive to procedural details.
It’s an area of practice which can throw up really tricky technical issues, and there is potential for serious problems to arise in future if applications for consent are not dealt with properly.
This series of webinars focuses on the areas of most interest and difficulty, and is suitable for both solicitors and management surveyors.
The conduct of applications
• Can a landlord refuse to consider the application without security for costs?
• The role of the Alienation Protocol
• What information must be provided and when?
• Formalities of requesting consent
• Formalities of granting or refusing consent
• How long does the landlord have to decide?
• When tenants impose the timetable