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Foes a tenant have the right to paint there apartment, as as

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Foes a tenant have the right to paint there apartment, as long as they leave it exactly the way they found it?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  CalAttorney2 replied 11 months ago.

Dear Customer,

This is not a universal or statutory tenant right, some lease contracts permit the tenant to paint if it is returned to the original condition, while the vast majority prohibit the tenant from painting (regardless of whether or not they intend to return the paint to the prior condition).

So as far as a general answer - no a tenant does not have an absolute right to paint, but your specific lease may provide a right to paint.

If your lease prohibits painting, but management gives you approval to do so, make sure to get any such approval in writing (it is an alteration or change in a written lease, you do not want to have this left as an oral agreement).

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