Improving your rental property without annoying your landlord

Improving your rental property without annoying your landlord

When you’re renting a house or flat you might be thinking about ways that you could spruce up its appearance, but be cautious with any redecorating work that you pursue. Although your intentions might be good, some improvements can annoy your landlord. Keep reading for some important tips on how you can enhance your home without creating tension with your landlord.

Making changes to a rental property is understandable, but can upset landlords

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many people are spending significant amounts of time at home. Millions of people are now working exclusively from home, and could be doing so for many months to come. As a result, they might be paying more attention to their home decorations and thinking about making some improvements to improve the look of the place.

Indeed, some renters are even looking at leaving smaller apartments in major cities like London and trying to find larger places to rent in the countryside. And if they get more space to live in, that’s more space that the tenants might want to redecorate.

But often landlords often write provisions into their rental agreements that prohibit tenants from making minor or major changes to the property without prior approval. If you make decorative changes without asking permission from your landlord, they might be within their rights to force you to undo those fixes, which will be a huge waste of your time and money.

And in extreme circumstances – for example, a tenant that renovates an entire bathroom without getting advance approval from the landlord – you might even face the risk of eviction.


Easy steps for making home improvements that won’t anger your landlord

But the good news is that facing eviction or having to spend money to undo improvements at the property you’re renting are both rare situations. Instead, there are some easy ways that you can make the place look better without ever annoying your landlord.

We spoke with the home buying experts at LDN Properties, and they said that in their many years in business they’ve heard from landlords and tenants alike with stories of renters making improvements to properties that didn’t always end well. The experts were able to offer a few handy ideas for how to enhance the look of your home without angering your landlord, saving you stress whilst improving your house or flat.

Speak with your landlord about your plans

Perhaps the most important tip is to speak with your landlord about any plans that you might consider to be particularly ambitious or large-scale. This could include installing new furniture or repainting one or more walls in the property. It’s much better to ask for permission for this work in advance so that the landlord is aware of it and can approve it or tell you not to do it. You’ll be saving yourself a lot of time, money, and stress by telling the landlord about your plans.

Improve a drab bathroom with decorative fixes

You might be frustrated with the bathroom at your rental property if it looks outdated, but you can fix this with a few non-permanent decorative changes. Install a colourful shower curtain or put some plants in the bathroom to give it a brighter and more inviting look. These are very low-cost items that can nevertheless have a huge positive impact on a bathroom’s appearance.

Hang paintings or other types of artwork

A nice way to give your home some individual character is to hang some paintings or other artwork on the walls. It will enhance the look of the rooms that you put the artwork in, and is also a temporary and removable feature that shouldn’t annoy your landlord. It’s worth asking the landlord in advance whether you can use nails to hang paintings, because some might prefer that you use adhesive hooks that can be removed without leaving a hole behind like a nail.

Use lighting to make rooms appear bigger

Some landlords might use cheap light bulbs for rooms which can make spaces appear gloomier and smaller. Spend a small amount of money on brighter and higher quality bulbs that can help to better illuminate rooms and make them appear bigger. You might also want to consider using floor lamps and other lighting that can help to enhance the appearance of a room.

Buy some attractive furniture for the home

This option will be more expensive than other ways to improve the look of your home, but spending some money on attractive furniture can help to enhance the appearance of the entire property. So long as your house or flat was rented unfurnished, the landlord shouldn’t have any issues with you bringing your own bed, chairs, tables, and other pieces of furniture during your tenancy. Just be careful when placing the furniture in the home to avoid scratching wooden floors or tearing any carpet, because you’ll be liable for fixing any such damage. Also, be sure to discuss with your landlord what needs to be left behind at the end of the tenancy.

Rachel McAllister