The dos and don’ts regarding the type of decorating which can be done on your rental property.

1 September 2019

Before getting started on decorating a rental property you’ll need to ascertain any restrictions regarding the type of decorating which can be done on the property. Each rental will have its own terms and conditions, meaning you’ll need to check every time you move. Restrictions will largely depend on the preferences of the homeowners. Homeowners who do not want to see major modifications done to the property may place strict restrictions while those who want to see the property improved may allow the renter a great deal of freedom in their decorating options.


This can be a difficult question to answer when used in reference to how much decorating is permissible in a rental house. Many renters opt for a situation where they are renting a house as opposed to an apartment strictly because they are looking for more freedom in their decorating options. However, the renter may find this desired freedom is not available to them.

Some homeowners may allow the renter to make minor decorating changes such as painting the walls, hanging up pictures or installing decorative shelving. However, more extensive decorating items such as new flooring, knocking down walls or putting in windows might not be considered acceptable by some homeowners while others may allow the renter to perform such actions. Still others may require this type of work to be done but may place restrictions which specify all improvement work shall be done by a qualified professional.


When considering doing some decorating in a rental house, the renter should first carefully review all of their contract documents. This is important because the contract may clearly prohibit certain items. In this case the renter would know for sure that they are not allowed to perform these actions. However, the renter should not count on the contract documents to spell out every possible scenario. Therefore if a renter is considering making modifications to the rental house they should consult the owner via the property manager before performing any work. They should also ask the property manager for the homeowner to provide a written statement expressing their approval of the work to be completed.

The homeowner’s property manager is the renters best target for these types of questions because they have the best understanding of their homeowners intentions. They might have specified that no renter can alter the appearance of the property without the consent of the homeowner but they may have meant for this statement to only apply to certain situations. In these cases, seeking clarification and written approval can be very beneficial to the renter.


If renters are in doubt about whether or not to perform a specific decorating action and are unable to get clarification, they should opt not to make the changes. This can save the renter a great deal of time and money in the long run by preventing them from incurring excess charges for repair of the property and wasting a great deal of time making an improvement which the homeowner may ask to have reversed in a short period of time. This is why renters should assume an action is prohibited unless they have concrete proof otherwise.

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All properties managed by Vivid Property have well defined do’s and don’t’s so we can enlighten you regarding decorating a rental proeprty. If you’re a property investor after an expert property manager for your investment, get in touch with us. If you’re currently renting and your landlord is enforcing strict rules around decorating a rental proeprty, consider a new rental.