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The 13 Renter-Friendly Hacks We Swear By (And Have Done Ourselves)

I can think of about 10 pros that come with renting and all of them have to do with not being responsible for home maintenance. As a temporary lodger, it is technically not my fault when the garbage disposal breaks or windows start leaking when it rains. When that happens, I call up Mr. Landlord and say “We’ve got a problem that’s really your problem so please come fix it”. This lack of responsibility is one big reason why I’ve been a renter for 7 years now and will be for the foreseeable future. And yet, there can be no pros without a few cons. My apartment is temporary no matter how long I plan to stay, so I can’t go around breaking down walls or ripping up the tile in the bathroom. And even if I could, my bank account would suffer, and I’d be a dummy for spending so much time and money on something that is not mine. Herein lies the plight of us renters. We deserve a home we love but at what cost? What’s worth it to upgrade and what are we doomed to live with?

Over the years EHD has done the work in figuring out just that. These are tried and true hacks that are mostly low cost, low maintenance but always guaranteed to make you and your rental happier together. Grab your hard hats and let’s get started with the lowest lift…

Replace That Old (Or Boring) Hardware

photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: sara’s living room & dining room reveal

This is the most low-lift yet impactful hack out there and happens to be a classic EHD design move. We encourage replacing doorknobs, cabinet pulls, towel racks, dresser knobs, switch plates, you name it. It can be very affordable and the best way to change up the style on a piece of furniture or in a room. All you need is a screwdriver and the hardware of your choice and you’re in business. Look at you go! Recently, Sara did this (above) with her Ikea entry cabinet and it upgraded a plain piece of furniture to have a modern Scandinavian feel.

If you are in the market here are some ones we love:

1. Perles Knob with Round Backplate | 2. Emerson Cabinet Knob | 3. Tumbled Brass Tilden Drawer Pull, 4″ | 4. Gateway Ring Pull | 5. Revitalize Cabinet 5 1/16″ Center to Center Bar Pull | 6. Hive Knob | 7. Classic Hardware Cup Pull | 8. Edgecliff Pull | 9. Classic Hardware Knob | 10. Luna Cabinet Knobs | 11. Classic Hardware Thin Pull | 12. West Slope Cabinet Knob

Painting (We Promise It’s Worth It)

design by ryann miller for ehd | photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: ryann’s moto reveal: living and dining room

There is a reason we talk extensively about paint colors around here. Being trapped within walls that are not your ideal color is depressing. Luckily, this is a pretty easy fix and hiring help is not necessary. You will likely need permission from your landlord to do this (or, some of us rebels maintain the philosophy that it is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission). As long as you paint it back to the same color before you move out, you should be in the clear. I mean look at the transformation Arlyn’s dining room made with a coat of paint.

P.S. A bunch of paint companies are delivering paint cans right to your door. Head to this post to see which ones are our favorites.

Install Temporary Wallpaper For A Hint Of Personality

photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: a home office makeover with threshold removable wallpaper

Removable wallpaper is alive and well, my friends, and good thing because it can add so much charm and intrigue to your rental. We love adding temporary wallpaper and murals in nooks or small spaces because it can make the space pop. Also, it can create the perception of different “zones” even in the smallest spaces if you don’t cover every wall.

design by caitlin higgins for ehd | photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: caitlin’s first moto revel – a vintage bathroom gets a modern update

We aren’t going to lie, wallpaper can be labor-intensive, but nowadays there are some great options out there that are easy to install and remove. Here are some of our favorites:

1. Tropical Wallpaper | 2. Birds of Paradise Wallpaper | 3. Honeysuckle Wallpaper | 4. English Rose ~ Watercolor ~ Black and White Wallpaper | 5. Blossom Botanical Wallpaper | 6. Striped Wallpaper | 7. Scenic Tree Toile Removeable Wallpaper| 8. Rose King Protea Art Deco (forest green) 18”Wallpaper | 9. Minimal Floral Wallpaper | 10. Waves Removable Wallpaper | 11. Floral Chinoiserie Wallpaper | 12. Avenie Warped Checkerboard Removable Wallpaper

Or make your own wallpaper using pages from a vintage book or pieces of unframed art!

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This reminds me of my childhood bedroom except my makeshift wallpaper strategy was cutting out pictures from fashion magazines and pasting them all over my walls. I am thrilled to discover that there is an adult version of this. I can imagine recreating this look with vintage botanical guides, drawing books, magazines, or postcards. The best part is you can simply use double-sided tape or even putty to avoid doing harm to the walls.

Install Window Treatments That You Love

photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: julie’s huge (and diy packed) bedroom upgrade

Good window treatments don’t feel necessary (especially if you have blinds that came with the space). But we PROMISE that installing curtains or roman shades like Julie did will make your house feel like a home. It feels like a magical transformation. Now, most of the time it’s very doable to find affordable options but sometimes you might need to go custom (weird windows) like in Jess’ apartment, but if you can swing it will make all the difference. And if knowing how to hang them is holding you back, we’ve got you.

O and if privacy/sleep is REALLY important to you, then we really recommend blackout shades.

Replace Those Ugly Light Fixtures To Light You Up

photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: reveal: arlyn’s bright & happy rental living room makeover
photo by tessa neustadt | from: house tour: mel’s new place makes us want to declutter immediately

This is a more advanced move and we advise acquiring the help of an electrician unless you are confident in your wiring abilities. But do not skip this step if you can help it because it’s so impactful. I mean talk about a custom-looking home. Do yourself a favor and replace that chandelier from 1985 that you can’t stand to look at. It’s worth the labor and you can always bring your light fixtures with you when you move (just make sure to save the original one to reinstall).

Hot Tip

If you have an exposed hanging cord, wrap it in twine or some patterned fabric.

1. Lucent Pendant Light | 2. Holt Leather Pendant | 3. Cedar & Moss Conifer Pendant | 4. Blair Pendant | 5. Bruna Walnut Wood and Linen Pendant | 6. Wicker Globe Pendant | 7. Sculptural Metal Pendant | 8. Bahama Pendant with Light Rattan Dark Bronze | 9. Hakka Conical Rattan Pendant

1. Amber Glass Cyra Wall Sconce | 2. Shana Sconce | 3. Wood And Black Metal Dome Adjustable Bryce Wall Sconce | 4. Flynn Single Wall Sconce | 5. Leap Black Sconce | 6. Piffle Black Wall Sconce

Ugly Floors? Install Peel & Stick Vinyl Tile

photo by tessa neustadt | from: brady’s kitchen reveal

Remember Brady’s insanely affordable vinyl floor hack?? It cost under $50. No, I am not kidding. And guys, this kitchen is so good looking you’ll be shocked that it is a rental. The best part is if you follow his steps you don’t have to touch the original tile at all. It basically entails measuring the space and putting down tile “stickers”. Here are some more of our favorites:

1. Woven Marble 12″ x 12″ x 1.5mm Luxury Vinyl Tile | 2. Mexican Diamond Vinyl Tile | 3. Self Adhesive Floor Tile-Navy Pearl-20 Tiles/20 sq ft | 4. Tiles for Kitchen/Bathroom Backsplash -Montecito | 5. Retro 12″ x 12″ x 1.5mm Luxury Vinyl Tile | 6. Salon in Red Earth Vinyl Tile Sticker Pack

Replace Outdated, Grimey Faucets

photo by zeke ruelas | from: brady gives a refresh to his vintage bathroom

This step might seem intimidating but thanks to Youtube there are thousands of videos that can walk you through it, step by step. And the labor is worth it. I personally love a matte black or brass faucet and the difference they make in an otherwise run-down bathroom or kitchen.

You can also go the route that Brady did and overhaul the whole sink, toilet, and mirror with your landlord’s permission. But unless you plan to spend years in your rental (which Brady has), it’s not the most financially sound option.

1. Widespread 2-Handle Bathroom Faucet in Matte Black | 2. Brass Linden Lever Handle Widespread Bathroom Sink Faucet | 3. Single Hole Bathroom Faucet with Pop-Up Drain Assembly | 4. Widespread Bathroom Faucet with Pop-Up Drain Trim – Less Valve | 5. Positano Standard 1.2 Gallons Per Minute GPM Widespread Faucet | 6. Ladera 8 in. Widespread 2-Handle Bathroom Faucet in Spot Defense Brushed Nickel | 7. 1-Handle 4-in centerset Bathroom Sink Faucet with Drain with Deck Plate | 8. WB-0300B Widespread Bathroom Faucet with Drain Assembly | 9. Victorian Bathroom Sink Faucet

Replace Toilet Seat Cover (Easy, Peasy)

design by julie rose for ehd | photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: reveal: moto reveal: julie’s anything but beige, amazing diy bathroom refresh

We love any easy bathroom hack because rental bathrooms don’t get enough love and respect. If your bathroom is your least favorite place to visit, you probably are not giving it the attention that it deserves (she says to herself…). Replacing the toilet seat is so simple to do (plus was an EHD 2020 bathroom trend prediction) and Julie did it in her last place. The act itself will feel like a small step towards more self-care. Oh, and while we’re on the subject of self-care, you can get real fancy and install a bidet, too. Both Jess and Bowser love theirs. There are some great, affordable options out there that some of us have and love love love.

Install A Pretty Countertop Cover

photo by: sara ligorria-tramp | from: jess’ moto: you have to see how she hacked her rental kitchen with diys

Who could forget Jess’ DIY countertop cover?? She used alder plywood and employed the help of her very handy dad to create this stunning and chic cover (inspired by Sarah Lonsdale) and it immediately modernized the space. Though she had some assistance, it’s a pretty straightforward process and if you are curious, be sure to head to her kitchen reveal for all the deets. In fact, head there no matter what because the whole kitchen is SO good and full of tons of other renter-friendly hacks.

Remove Cabinet Doors To Create Instant Open Shelving

Jess’ rental kitchen happened to come without closed cabinet storage up top, but seeing this photo reminded us that this can easily be done in any kitchen. Removing cabinet doors can open up your space and give you an opportunity to display all your favorite kitchenware (and could be a unique place to sneak in some art).

Hot Tip

To make the inside of your cabinets display ready, paint or use removable wallpaper for a solid glow up.

Install A Temporary Backsplash

design by anita yokota

Backsplashes are sadly overlooked in rentals. We generally don’t replace kitchen backsplash tile because of the time, energy, and money that it requires. That’s a job for homeowners, we say! But, this is not to suggest that you are destined to be stuck with ugly backsplash tile or no backsplash at all. Tile is not the only option for backsplashes. Take it from Anita Yokota (who you might remember from this #ShowEmYourDIY post) who installed Rebecca Atwood wallpaper to make her backsplash pop. (Also, take a closer look at the countertop…it’s contact paper! Another countertop that is super affordable (like $40 affordable))

We also love this scalloped backsplash by Matilda Goad (which you may remember from this post). She tested it out with cardboard and when she felt satisfied with the look she turned to a local stonemason and had them cut out the shape in a granite slab that matched the countertop. This might be advanced for a rental, but in hopes that one of you might be able to come up with something just as intriguing I had to share.

Can’t Make Any Holes In Your Walls? Try these…

photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: sara’s tv room reveal

Drilling 50 different holes into your wall to create the perfect gallery wall is not advised, but we certainly understand that it happens. Like I said before, sometimes it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission. But might I suggest an alternative: Take notes from Sara’s TV room and even opt to hang art unframed as one way to avoid the drill (hint: she used putty). It’ll save you money and the time replastering holes when your lease is up and happens to look really cool. Win-win, my friends. But whether you want to use a frame or not, here are our favorite damage free, no hole making, picture hanging tools:

1. Command Medium-Sized Wire Toggle Hooks | 2. Large Black Command Picture Hanging Strips | 3. Mounting Squares | 4. Scotch Mounting | 5. Quakehold! | 6. Large White Command Picture Hanging Strips

Alright, that is all I have for now. I hope if you are in a rental (or even not) that you feel that making your home feel more like yours is very possible. And if you are very DIY-minded, have you done any of these hacks in your own rental? Are there any other rental-friendly tricks that we missed?? Tell me everything.

Opener Image Credits: Design by Ryann Miller for EHD | Styled by Emily Bowser | Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | From: Ryann’s MOTO Reveal: A Moody Multi-Functional Living And Dining Room With A Lot Of Soul

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karen
2 years ago

Julie’s bedroom with the green paint details and that tiny black stripe still has my heart.

The velvet/cane pendant featured needs to live in my home.

Beth
2 years ago
Reply to  karen

Agreed!!! Julie’s MOTO will forever be my favorite!

Lisa
2 years ago

There’s a hot tip that just has filler words you might want to fix..

Otherwise, great post!

Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Lisa

Ugh! I guess the hot tip coding didn’t like that we put quotation marks within the text (palm to forehead). All fixed!

Alison
2 years ago

Command strips, hooks, velcro, etc!!!! I have been obsessed with them since I lived in a concrete block dorm room where nothing else would stay and I have used them in every rental I’ve lived in since then. They make ones that will hold up to 16 lbs (which is insane) and they always come off totally clean. I have hung full gallery walls with them, used light clips to hang fairy lights, used the hooks for organization…I am a major evangelist and probably should buy 3M stock.

Annette
2 years ago
Reply to  Alison

I can second this one!

After too many frustrations with command strips I ended up trying a few of the velcro ones as a last ditch effort. Not only can I confirm they come off clean when pulled down right – but the velcro seems to avoid that long term weight pressure that eventually leads to a strip coming clean off. There’s no ‘weak’ points and the snaps are holding strong.

I’ve had 1 very heavy poster size frame up using these (2 years) and 2 smaller frames. No movement. Definitely getting more and the only ones I’m using now.

Jessica
2 years ago

Gotta love a post that links to so many other wonderful posts to review!

I’m definitely going to try some of these when we move into our new apartment – we want to make some short-term updates to the kitchen while we save up for a proper reno.

And like someone already mentioned, you have some Lorem Ipsum text in a Hot Tip 🙂

Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Jessica

So happy that this post is going to be helpful!

And just fixed the hot tip box. Coding can be so temperamental:)

Lauren
2 years ago

Haha that filler text hot tip… I’m at the stage in quarantine where it *almost* makes sense after running it through Google translate …

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Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Lauren

haha! Just had a little coding hiccup! All fixed xx

Alyssa Wine
2 years ago
Reply to  Lauren

Haha, That’s awesome!

🥰 Rusty
5 months ago
Reply to  Lauren

Lauren….you’re a comedic genius!!!!!
🤣🤪🤣🤪

Christy
2 years ago

What about rentals with carpet?

Alyssa Wine
2 years ago
Reply to  Christy

I put colorful rugs on top So I don’t have to touch the gross carpet!

jess
2 years ago

love these tips! HOWEVERRR i did brady’s DIY floor tiling years ago when it came out and it looked nice for a couple of months and has been a total pain in the @ss since. it’s so hard to clean, the tiles lift and move and the sticky residue underneath traps so much dirt. when you try to remove and replace tiles the glue is SOOO sticky and the tiles break off into pieces that are impossible to remove. i read that if you blow dry them on highest heat it helps to melt the glue, so i’ll be trying that next. my project for this week is actually to remove all the tiles. 🙁 i wish i had saved up for sheet vinyl flooring instead, could have laid down one piece that can be removed when you move out.
again, love y’all and love these projects just wanted to let you know the tiles were a big DIY fail for me.

jess
2 years ago
Reply to  jess

update! i removed the peel-and-stick tiles and under-lying linoleum last week and installed click-lock vinyl plank flooring. one of our neighbors had some left over from a project that he kindly gifted us and it was enough for almost half of the kitchen. i spent just under $200 to get enough planks to finish the floor and it was so much easier to install than the peel-and-stickers! i love that they don’t require any glue and as a renter they can be removed very easily. it’s an investment we made because we are planning to be in this apartment for at least a few more years and i’m very hopeful that they will be much easier to maintain than the tile stickers. i’d def recommend sheet flooring or the click-lock flooring over sticker tiles! save your pennies for a few more months, i think it’s worth it. <3

Deborah
5 months ago
Reply to  jess

That is great solution Jess!
Could you please share the kind of “click-lock vinyl plank flooring” you used? The link too? It’s always great to know specifically what worked for someone. Thank you! 🙂
~Deborah

KD
5 months ago
Reply to  jess

I’m wondering if any other readers have experience with these sticker tiles? I just bought enough to (hopefully) make our basement less scary.

🥰 Rusty
5 months ago
Reply to  KD

Chris L9ves Julia blog did a post about them late last year.

Veronica
2 years ago

YAY for rental tips! Thank you so much for this.

2 years ago

I love this so much! That dining area has my heart!

2 years ago
Reply to  Laura McKeown

Mine, too…I’m sitting in it right now, except of course it looks VERY different with 3 giant monitors and two computers (working from home with the husband) haha!

Perrin
2 years ago

Ive done almost all of this! If you can’t paint but want to change wall color— in my last place I put up PAINTABLE temporary wallpaper. Stick it up, paint whatever color you want, peel down before move-out. I can confirm it didn’t bleed through or damage the paint underneath in any way. This is how I concealed my landlord’s lime green kitchen walls 🙂

2 years ago

Not currently a renter but thought I’d share a product I’ve used for hanging posters. It’s called Good Hangups and is basically a sticker with a magnet inside. I need a temporary solution for a Halloween poster and this worked awesome!! Love all your posts EHD!

Rachel Castro
2 years ago

Hi- Would you mind sharing the source of that amazing white sofa in the first photo?

Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Rachel Castro

Yup — it’s this one 🙂 https://shrsl.com/28ol2

Hillary
2 years ago

DIY newbie here! When you are replacing hardware in kitchen and bathrooms, etc, do you have to find new hardware that matches the existing holes left by the old ones? It seems like patching and painting wouldn’t turn out looking that great? Am I being silly? Do all the question marks reveal how utterly in the dark I am about anything home related? 😂

JayNay
2 years ago
Reply to  Hillary

Do you mean hardware for cabinets, like pulls and knobs? matching the holes would be the easiest option. door pulls actually have a number of “standard” sizes on how far the holes are apart. for example, two holes for a drawer pull might be 128 mm or 160 mm or 80 mm apart (or the equivalent in inches).
How you know which you need: Unscrew one of your existing handles and measure the distance between the holes. Then look for handles with that same measurement. I’ve seen it referred to as “hole centers: xy inches” online, which i believe means the distance between the two holes.

Hillary
2 years ago
Reply to  JayNay

Yes! Okay, fingers crossed our 80’s era house used standard sizes.

Lisa
2 years ago

From a former renters perspective: Great tips to make a space your own. Art is SO important. Also, maybe share your paint before repainting (I once was in the middle of repainting when my landlady came in and wished she could have kept my color choice)

From the wife of a landlord perspective:
Talk to your landlords about what you are up to: they may freak or they may help or anything in between. (At least you will know)
We have bought tenants paint, redone tile backsplashes, and other improvements while tenants were in a place and eager for a few changes. It helps us improve places and have happy longer term tenants, with less time between rentals.
On the other hand, my husband will never forget the pitch black bedroom that took 5 coats to paint over. (I will never forget the people who threw all the handmade ceramic plates in the dumpster when they moved)
Surprises are not appreciated when trying to keep a rental. It is after all their property and most landlords (despite popular opinion) are also doing their best to balance finances.

Mouseface
5 months ago
Reply to  Lisa

So… did you get the plates?? 0-:

Mouseface
5 months ago
Reply to  Mouseface

Replying to myself to say this is sound advice.. except if you have lazy absentee landlords who want to put NO money into the place, as I did for decades in NYC. In that case, be like Amy Sedaris, think of your security deposit as a personality fee, and go for it, if everything you do is an improvement. That place had a huge bathroom: 1/2 maroon and yellow 30’s tiles, 1/2 crappy white plastic coverup wall sheets, fluorescent lights and a stained drop ceiling. I starch pasted fabric on the bathroom walls and draped it on the ceiling. It was pretty epic! They ended up demoing the bathroom because there was NO support beam underneath the whole back of the apartment and the whole thing could have collapsed at any moment… good times!

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Mouseface
5 months ago
Reply to  Mouseface

Replying again to to say I liked the starch past ed fabric a lot! Don’t know how it is to remove the starch if you have to remove the fabric but it stayed up well for years !

Amanda
5 months ago
Reply to  Mouseface

that burgundy toilet/tub wow

mouseface
5 months ago
Reply to  Amanda

Sink too! I grew to love it so, LOL so durable and hid all the dirt ! Trifold mirrored medicine cabinet, OG set from 1939 ( toilet was stamped with manufacture date ). Sigh they ripped it all out and put in a set from Home Depot. They did salvage it out after I told them it was worth money so hopefully someone has it now! I know its all ugly as heck, but what else could I do, had to go big !

KD
5 months ago
Reply to  Lisa

YES! I rented out my home while working abroad for one year. The renter–without asking or notifying–put in different tile flooring in both bathrooms and painted rooms. I’m in the “please talk with the landlord” camp. I know some landlords are total chumps, but others might be willing to work with their tenants on design modifications. (I would have!)

Amanda
5 months ago
Reply to  Lisa

I think this varies a LOT depending on your landlord, and whether you rent from a small business landlord or from a big company. I’ve always rented from smaller landlords and they’ve run the gamut from “do whatever, just don’t make it impossible to undo” to “don’t touch anything”. But the latter landlord also kept everything in great shape and the former didn’t so much, so pros and cons to each.
But I’ve often found that if something would improve the space – like putting some hooks near the door or a shelf in the kitchen that could really use it – and/or can be undone easily, landlords have almost always been fine with me going for it.
Also, if you rent in a place with white/neutral walls, go big with the color on your art, rugs, throw pillows, etc. You can easily inject a lot of personality into a space with those things.

beks
2 years ago

a few of those faucets for renters are almost as much as my mortgage payment…

Susan
5 months ago

Many of these apply to a homeowner too. There’s no reason for me to keep living with bad bathroom faucets and a kitchen light we hate, and yet I have…good reminder

🥰 Rusty
5 months ago

Ryann, these are great solutions for turning a house into a home!
Some I knew, some I’d forgotten and a couple were new.

I’d love to try the kitchen benchtop idea. I own my home, but it could be easier than ripping off the current counters and cheaper, too? Gonna hafta chat with my brother about this… after he fixes the very leaky tap (faucet), fixes the broken wash house door lock (it’s an outbuilding), and climbs into my roof to check on something for me…… I gave 1 brother and I’m so lucky he’s so kind.

💥 Stick-on hooks:
5 out of 6 from Amazon!!!!!
Surely there are other large, affordable nation-wide purveyors of stick-on hooks?!?
Bah! to Amazon.😕

Ane
5 months ago

Thank you for a post that includes how to do cheaper remodeling especially for rentals.
Not all of us can afford or are able to demolish a bathroom because we don’t like it.
The use what you have is so much more sustainable anyway.
I’m learning to love my weird 1960 blue tub and sink….

Alice
5 months ago

I liked this round up of ideas a lot but I would have loved to hear Emily’s suggestions since she is currently in a rental. Seems like a missed opportunity.

Sheila
5 months ago
Reply to  Alice

Yes, especially since this is a recycled post – that would have freshened it up nicely! Still good ideas though.

5 months ago

This links are great. They are so modern and cozy.

Kara
5 months ago

If you really, truly cannot paint or otherwise put holes in the walls, my favorite renter hack that I’ve done for a couple friends is to get a 4×8 sheet of 1/4 inch plywood or hardboard, attach some 1×2’s to the back of it so it has legs, and then paint or wallpaper it in whatever landlord-horrifying strong choice you want. Then you put felt furniture stickers on the back corners, and lean it up against the wall behind a piece of furniture, like a sofa or credenza. Then you essentially have a big color blocked wall that you can also hang art on.

🥰 Rusty
5 months ago
Reply to  Kara

♥️

J.
5 months ago

So much depends upon the contract and even the HOA. We live in a period home and things are pretty well set in concrete in the agreement. The floors are not to our taste and cover around 300 plus square feet, so large rugs helped. Peel and stick tile can leave a residue (according to some), so that was out. Taking off cabinet doors, painting, changing light or other fixtures/hardware? Not allowed. Trying to “sneak it in” and change it or ask permission after the fact? Yearly inspections. Some things we just live with and feel fortunate to have been able to find a rental home in a very tight market. It may be different when renting from a corporation, but renting from an individual is another matter entirely, even through an agency. We are very careful to get explicit and written permission for anything.

Cris S.
5 months ago

I always really appreciate the perspective of renters and of those who are landlords. I rented through grad school and after my husband and I bought a little house and were there for 15 years until we bought another house a block away that we renovated into our close to dream home. We rented out our little house and are on our second set of renters (2 year leases for both sets). I know I appreciate it when they let us know what is going on in the house – I don’t want anyone to put up with discomfort or shoddy items. On the other hand, we don’t have money to throw around – I wish we could replace the washer / dryer for them but until they are irreparable and the home warranty replaces them, they are going to stay. On the other hand, if the lovely couple who are there now are willing to stay for another year or two after this current lease, it would save us enough money with the real estate agent that I would use it to buy them a new washer/dryer! Again – I just really appreciate hearing both sides as I honestly… Read more »

Lynn
5 months ago

The links for many of the blinds and curtains domt work. Please update! I need suggestions thanks!

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