Maintaining your rental property is easier when you use a uniform neutral paint. For one, it limits the case of clashing with the colors of the furnishing and furniture in your rental. Also, you can save money by focusing on only buying a limited set of paint colors.
As a property owner, however, some tenants will ask to decorate the rental unit to their preference. A common request may entail changing the paint colors in your unit.
Ultimately, the decision whether you allow this request or not is up to you. Both options have their own benefits and drawbacks.
In this article, REMAX Infinity Property Management will examine the consequences of each choice. There are no hard and fast rules for this policy though. It will always come down to your decision and what you feel is best for your business.
Advantages of Allowing a Tenant to Paint a Rental Property
1. Creates Comfort
Giving your tenants a say in the paint will allow them to feel more comfortable and more at home. For some tenants, being able to have a say in the home’s interior design will help them feel as though they belong in the property.
2. Encourages Tenants to Renew their Lease
When a tenant feels “at home” in the property, they won’t want to leave it. Also, by allowing your tenants to paint the property, they’ll feel a sense of ownership. This will encourage them to stay longer.
As a property owner, long-term tenants are invaluable to you, so allowing their request to change the property’s paint color can be beneficial.
3. Better Tenant Satisfaction
Satisfied tenants will not only stay longer, but they’ll also do their best to perform their tenant duties consistently. Being flexible with this request will ensure you will earn a consistent return on your property investment.
Making your tenants happy and allowing them to exercise decisions when it comes to painting and decorating will make you a good property owner in their eyes.
Disadvantages of Allowing a Tenant to Paint a Rental Property
1. Intensive Labor and Effort
If a tenant vacates every few months, you might find yourself picking up the paint roller one too many times. This can be a laborious process you can do without.
As a busy landlord, you don’t want to spend your time repainting each time a tenant moves out of your rental property. You seek to shorten the property maintenance list of tasks, not add to it.
2. Expensive Property Upkeep
A new painting job requires you to purchase new buckets of paint and pay a professional to perform a flawless job. You want to minimize your expenses rather than increase them.
However, agreeing to the renter’s request to paint the property on his own can also backfire. If a tenant tells you he’ll shoulder the costs, you can’t be sure of the quality of the materials he’ll use or the skills of the contractor he’ll hire.
3. Unprofessional Painting Job
If you permit the tenant to paint the rental space, there’s a risk that the outcome might not be to your liking.
Only a small percentage of tenants can perform an excellent painting job. If the job isn’t well done, you’d also have to fix the damages creating more work for you and more money spent.
Things to Consider
1. Conditional Agreement
Not everything is black and white. There are compromises you can make with your renters.
Here are a couple of compromises to consider if you decide to allow a tenant to paint the property:
- Decide to split the cost
- Ask that the original color be repainted when the tenant moves out
As long as you include these conditions in your leasing agreement, you’ll be able to avoid possible conflicts.
2. Create an Inventory
Before a tenant moves in, it’s advisable to document and photograph the unit. This is a safeguard in case there are changes in the duration of a tenant’s stay.
If you allow your tenant to paint the rental, this will be your guide when the tenant moves out to restore the original color palette.
The decision to allow a tenant to paint your property is solely up to you as the property owner. If you think allowing the tenant to paint his own color preferences will increase tenant satisfaction, then allow him to do so. If you find that it raises significant problems for you in terms of additional maintenance tasks, you’re within your right not to allow it.
Regardless of what you decide, always remember to make your conditions clear and write them into lease. This way, there are guidelines to follow protecting your property and your best interests.