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Can you tell me what state you are in?
Do you actually want the landlord to repaint the apartment?
Is there something defective with the current paint (i.e. peeling ) ?
Ok, from a purely legal perspective, the landlord is only obligated to repair things that affect the habitability of the dwelling, but not cosmetic issues. So to be honest, he doesn't have any legal duty to repaint the property unless it is something like peeling paint that could cause a hazard to pets or small children. Dirty, cracks and nail pops are cosmetic issues, but not habitability issues.
With that said, unfortunately, if you want the landlord to repaint the property, then you would have to comply with his requirements because based on your comments, I don't see any legal grounds for you to be able to force him to paint if he doesn't want to.
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