Question: I am a tenant and I really don't like the color of the walls in my apartment. Is it OK to paint a unit, especially when the tenant supplies the paint and labor? Is there anything that I should do to protect myself from being charged when I move out for repainting? Property Manager Griswold replies: Changing the color of the walls with new paint is typically not allowed without the advance written permission of the owner. The landlord has a vested interest in making sure that the work and materials are of high quality. You are savvy to be concerned about your security deposit as a sloppy paint job in a non-traditional color could lead to the landlord having to completely repaint the rental unit upon you vacating the property. Of course, it would be likely that the full charge of...
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