Decorating a rental residence

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Decorating a Rental Residence

Those who reside in a rental apartment are usually quite limited within the amount of decorating they
could carry out. This could certainly contain the impact of making a rental apartment not quite feel like a
real home. In many cases the rental apartment can be painted a bright white and residents often feel as
though this specific shade is nearly impersonal but are not able to repaint the wall space to a more
attractive color. This is simply one example of the decorating restrictions which might be placed on an
individual renting an apartment. There may be other restrictions and reading the contract carefully will
help the renter to determine what is allowed and what is not allowed.

Review the Contract Carefully

Renters who are living in an apartment should review their contract documents carefully before they
begin decorating their apartment. This is important because there may be some common decorating
items such as painting or installation of shelving which may not be allowed by the contract documents.
Decorating in any manner which is strictly prohibited may result in harsh penalties. These penalties
might involve the assessment of fees at the conclusion of the rental period or possibly even eviction.

Most standard decorating items such as hanging pictures are usually acceptable but some particularly
strict policies may either prohibit this completely or place restrictions on the type of nails which may be

used or the methods of patching the holes. Renters who have questions regarding whether or not
specific decorating actions are permissible or prohibited should contact their leasing agent before taking
action. This will help to ensure the renter is not penalized in the future for their actions.

Additionally, if the leasing agent tells the renter it is acceptable to perform an action prohibited by the
rental agreement, the renter should always ask for a signed, written document stating the exception to
the contract. This is helpful because the leasing agent may not remember making an exception to the
rule or may not even still be working at the property when the renter?s lease expires.

Consider Whether or Not Modifications are Reversible

When renters in an apartment living situation are making decorating decisions, one of the most
important factors to consider is whether or not a modification to the apartment is reversible. In most
cases, the action is likely to be permissible as long as it is easily reversible. However, the case of painting
the apartment is a common exception to this rule. Although painting can easily be reversed, most
apartment complexes due not allow residents to pain the apartment in which they reside. This is
because although painting is often reversible, the process of returning the wall to the original color is
not always easy.

Irreversible modifications such as removing walls or adding permanent fixtures to the apartment are
typically not considered acceptable when decorating a rental apartment. Although even major
modifications are typically not completely irreversible, most leasing agents would consider modifications
which require the assistance of a general contract to be permanent in nature. Conversely, small
modifications such as nail holes to hang pictures are considered reversible because they can easily be
corrected. Again, if the renter is unsure of whether or not an action is permissible, they should seek
clarification from the leasing agent.

Consider the Security Deposit

Most renters pay a security deposit before they take possession of the apartment. This security deposit
is collected to protect against damages which may be caused by the renter during the course of the
rental agreement. The leasing agent may expect to need to do some minor cleaning or a few small
repairs after the renter vacates the premises. However, a deposit large enough to cover the cost of

more significant repairs is often collected to provide the leasing agent with some protection in case the
renter damages the apartment and leaves it in need of considerable repair. i



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