The amount of decoration you want in your apartment will be limited if you are renting. Rental apartments usually limits the decorating freedom of the renter, which usually gives the feeling that the place doesn’t feel like “home”.
White is the most common apartment color, and the renter isn’t given the option to change it, even at their own cost. This is one of the more common decorating inconveniences faced by renters. If you read the rental agreement carefully, you will be able to notice more decorating restrictions that you may or may not agree with.
It is Important to Review the Contract
Before starting to decorate your rented apartment, make sure that you are able to read the contract very thoroughly. It is vital that you understand the restrictions well because there are times that you are not allowed to paint walls or install shelves at certain areas, and these are all written in your rental agreement. What’s worst is that violating these things may lead to harsh financial or emotional penalties. Penalties that can be as small as paying a small sum of money and can be as huge as eviction.
The most common decorating issue renters experience is hanging items on the wall. This may include photo frames or shelves or anything that may need nails. The restriction starts with the type of nail you use, for there are some that certain apartments or lofts for rent won’t allow and some who would. However, most studio and apartments for rent have strict policies regarding these, and this includes the methods you use to patch the holes as well. To be safe, you as the renter should consult your leasing agent to verify which of the limitations and restrictions are applicable. It would also be nice to ask the leasing agent all other questions about the gray areas with regards to the decorating rules and penalties of the apartment complex.
There may be times that the leasing agent will allow you to perform changes to the lofts for rent. If in case this certain change is prohibited in the rental agreement, make sure you get a written, signed document which states everything that is involved with the change – especially the exception. This is to assure yourself that you will not be penalized just in case the leasing agent “forgot” that he allowed you to perform the necessary change.
Are the Changes you Made Reversible?
When performing any change on lofts for rent, make sure that you know whether it is reversible or not. Most often, decoration changes are allowed by the management if they are reversible, but one common exception to the certain rule is painting the apartment. As we all know, this is an easily reversible process, however most apartment complexes do not allow this. One of their reasons would be the hassle of returning the certain wall to its original color.
The irreversible modifications on the other hand, are not even considered acceptable by apartment complexes. Examples of these are adding permanent fixtures or removing walls or even adding permanent dividers. But if you are unsure whether the decoration change you want to perform is reversible or not, contact your leasing agent and seek clarification.
There is a Security Deposit
Prior to taking complete possession of the apartment, renters are usually asked to pay security deposits. The security deposit is some sort of insurance to the apartment complex, as it is paid to protect the certain unit from damages that the renters may cause during their stay. Every time a renter vacates an apartment, it is normal that the unit will need minor cleaning or even a few repairs. But the security deposit will be used to cover the expenses of significant repairs. As mentioned, it is insurance to the leasing agent that there will be a certain amount to cover considerable repair, if needed.
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