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Email can be legally acceptable although in most leases it actually dictates how notice must be served. You need to look at that section of the lease to see what it mentions because very often, email is excluded. If email is excluded then this is not notice.
Email is not excluded or there is no mention, it would be satisfactory notice if there was a history of email communication between you or if you confirm that you had the email.
If it is excluded in the lease, then even if you have it, it is not served.
However regardless of whether you are deemed to have had the notice or not, there is a difference between notice being given and consent and it depends whether the lease says that a person must give notice or the freeholder must consent. They are 2 different requirements and there could be one or there could be the other or there could be both. It would be necessary to study the lease.
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I see that you have been waiting quite a while for a response. From what you have written email is a perfectly acceptable way of complying with the 'in writing' requirement. As such the email is sufficient - it does not need to formally say 'seeking consent'. Happy to discuss but please rate positive.
At clause 8 on page 4, he is not allowed to make alterations without consent of the Lessor which is the landlord/freeholder which is the two of you.
On page 5, clause 4.1 he is not allowed to do anything which might be a nuisance.
If he sent you something which said he was doing it, and you went back and said that it was okay then, there is an implied consent.
It depends whether your response would be deemed and see to be an acknowledgement of what he was doing and in acquiescence rather than simply an acknowledgement of the email.
However, if your concerns are in respect of noise and nuisance, they are covered under the normal terms of the lease.