The chief executive of a private rental platform is telling tenants to “suss out” landlords about decorating their property themselves.
“The freedom you have to redecorate your rented home will vary from tenancy to tenancy. The best thing to do is to have an honest conversation with your landlord and determine what they are or aren’t comfortable with you doing” says Tahir Farooqui, who runs the platform Canopy.
“Some might welcome you giving the walls a fresh lick of paint if you stick to neutral colours, or installing shelving units like spice racks onto the wall if you need extra storage. It’s important to be honest as a tenant and your landlord should appreciate this communication.”
The website also says that while being a tenant means that “by and large you must keep the rented property as it was when you moved in”, that “shouldn’t mean that you can’t personalise the space that you call home.”
Farooqui urges tenants to increase the personalisation of their rented property by moving furniture around, using floor coverings to upgrade “decades-old laminate flooring or dull carpets that you wouldn’t dream of ever choosing” and adding artwork to walls.
On redecoration, he suggests tenants should “play around with the décor according to the seasons.”
Specifically he says: “With spring drawing in, think about softer colour schemes or pastels, and recreate that with smaller accessories like cushions or table runners. And don’t underestimate the power of bringing the outdoors, in. House plants can bring life to any room, or why not have a go at growing your own herbs.”
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