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Are Renovations Allowed?

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Renovating Your Apartment Without Upsetting the Landlord

While there are plenty of online resources to help you start your next big renovation project, there aren’t enough sites teaching tenants how to go about negotiating with their landlords for permission to renovate. Here are some of our favorite tips:

  • Show them the benefits of your renovation (aesthetically or monetarily). Often times, landlords don’t realize the potential upside in renovations.
  • Negotiate for a longer lease. The landlord may be more willing to let you have your way with renovations if you prove to them that you’ll be a long-term paying tenant.
  • Involve the landlord in the renovation process. Your landlord should be clear on what you’re renovating and you should make sure they give you written permission to do so. The last thing you want is for your landlord to keep your security deposit because you forgot to tell them that you tossed out the fireplace.
  • If your landlord still won’t budge, go for renovations that you can easily remove or return to the original state. Perhaps you’ll have better luck renovating your next rental.
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