Moving into a new rental home can create a lot of ideas and design inspiration which can be both exciting and overwhelming. If you have previous experience as a homeowner then you know all too well the perks of being able to do anything to your house without permission from anyone else. But when you are renting a home your landlord can be hard to work with, hard to get a hold of, too demanding, or (if you’re lucky) a great person. Most of these traits can make it difficult to come to an agreement, and in some cases you might even forget about their issues and go ahead and paint the house you’re renting anyway. After all, it’s the home that you’re living in. Issues like hideous paint colours, a shoddy paint job, non-matching cabinets, and even a weird smell in your home could all add to your urgency to paint the house or apartment so you can live in it more comfortably.
The most common reason, of course, is that you don’t like the paint colours that are already on the walls. Certain shades can make your living space look and feel smaller, making daily living quite unbearable. If you decide to do some apartment rental painting without permission from your landlord, chances are they won’t complain about it if you choose tasteful paint colours, like neutral tones and beige. Outdated colour schemes are tacky and will not attract future tenants so, as the landlord sees the benefit, they may actually appreciate your efforts.
What you could do if you get a hold of your landlord is to ask them to provide the paint and supplies and offer to paint the house or apartment yourself. This way you are putting in your time and effort and the landlord is putting in their money to invest in the future of that living space, and you can both be happy with it. Unfortunately, not all landlords will be alright with the idea of painting property that ultimately belongs to them, leaving tenants to take matters into their own hands. The repercussions of this can lead to losing your security deposit, though many tenants may feel like it’s worth the loss to live in such a nicely painted apartment. The choice is yours.
If, for example, the house you’re renting has a curry smell or a foul pet odour that is almost impossible to get rid of this issue can be viewed as damage done. You, as the new tenant, would have the right to request the home be rid of the smell since it has become a nuisance. Unfortunately (or fortunately for you), the quickest and most efficient way to get rid of these types of smells is to completely repaint the walls and, in some cases, tear up the carpet. Given this situation the landlord may offer to pay for the paint but nothing more. This loophole won’t always work, so take note of how the next place you’re renting smells and ask ahead of time about painting the space if you’re not at all a fan of the past tenant’s chosen paint colours.
Are you so tired of looking at the walls of your rental that you’d like a professional to come in and take care of them for you? Give HPT a call today! They’ll take care of that outdated paint job or funky smell by painting your home fast, efficiently, and affordabley. Call us NOW at 416-494-9095 or email us at Brian@HomePaintersToronto.com.