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The JCT Minor Works Building Contract is a formal contract designed for construction projects where the work is of a simple nature such as home extensions, refurbishment and maintenance.
Leases normally require formal consent to be obtained for internal building works except for any minor modernisation and redecoration. In particular, if a lease specifically prohibits the proposed works, such as structural alterations, a formal Licence to Alter (LTA) will need to be granted by the freeholder to the leaseholder.
There is a common misconception that the party wall sitting astride the boundary is split 50/50 with one owner owning one side and the other owning the other.