What can a tenant do for the decoration of their walls?

What can a tenant do for the decoration of their walls?

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As a tenant, you want to make yourself at home… But not everything is possible. The structural work is the responsibility of the owner. On the other hand, small works and decoration are the responsibility of the tenant. Concerning the walls of the accommodation, certain modifications can be carried out by the tenant and on his initiative, others are subject to the agreement of the owner. Here are some tips to personalize the walls of your apartment without the risk of conflicts with the owner.

The holes: fill in if they are too visible.

It is normal to want to hang objects on the walls. Posters, frames or even shelves are necessary to dress them. We can therefore plant thumbtacks or even screws to fix a shelf for example. However, if the holes are too visible when leaving the apartment, it is better to fill them. Many products intended for this purpose exist on the market.

Painting: neutral.

Are the walls tired or do you not like the color? You can repaint them. But on one condition, that the colors chosen are sober and are not an obstacle to relocation. Walls all red, for example are subject to caution ... For any slightly eccentric painting, it is better to ask the owner for approval beforehand.

The wallpaper: sober.

Same thing for the wallpaper. It is possible to put wallpaper in an accommodation that is rented as long as it remains classic. Otherwise, it is better to ask the owner for permission beforehand, otherwise you will have to restore everything before departure.

A rule of thumb: record the changes subject to caution in writing.

Indeed, for any change a little daring (extravagant color on the walls, wallpaper a little too avant garde ...), after having received the agreement of the owner, do not forget to record it in writing. The document must be signed by both parties so that no dispute is possible during the exit inventory. For more information on the rights of tenants, visit the site of the Confederation of Consumption, Housing and Living Environment.