Leases of buildings, whether dwelling houses or trade premises, usually contain a covenant by the tenant restricting their use1. This may be a covenant designed either to protect neighbouring occupiers from annoyance, or to confine the use of trade premises to certain trades, or to require that a house shall be used only as a private dwelling house, or only for residential or professional purposes2, or for the purposes of a named company or organisation3. Whatever the contents of the lease, a tenant generally has to obtain planning permission from the local planning authority before making any material change
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