Repainting rental puts tenant in financial pickle

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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 repainting back to a traditional color would then be deducted from your security deposit. Some dark paint colors could even require primer coats and two coats of paint thus increasing the cost signif...