Installing solar panels—tenant’s issues
Installing solar panels—tenant’s issues

The following Property guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Installing solar panels—tenant’s issues
  • Addition to premises
  • Unreasonable withholding
  • Waiver
  • Nuisance and annoyance
  • Trade or business purpose

A leasehold valuation tribunal (LVT) decision (W. Redmile & Sons v Butts MAN/00CF/LBC/2011/0002 and 0003) dealt with alleged breaches of covenant by two sets of tenants with long leases of dwellings who had not sought landlord’s consent to the installation of solar panels.

The tenants each leased the airspace above the south facing roof of their respective houses on a new housing estate to a company. This was designed to facilitate the fitting of solar panels by the company so that it could take advantage of the feed-in tariff scheme.

Addition to premises

The solar panels were an addition to the building requiring landlord’s consent under the lease. Whether any addition to the property was a breach of the covenant against making an addition to it was a matter of fact and degree. The solar panels did amount to an addition pursuant to the covenant due to their extensive na