If your apartment doesn’t meet your expectations, you’re probably considering some modifications. However, there are certain things you are not allowed to do as stated in your rental agreement. Before you start making changes, you need to know the rules. Here’s what you need to know:
When you receive your rental agreement, you might not read the fine print in detail. If you want to make some modifications, pick up your rental agreement again and read it just to be sure that you are not missing anything. You need to know if the modifications you want to do are allowed in the agreement. If they are not allowed, explore other options.
Let's just say for instance, the modifications or improvements you want to carry out on your apartment are not allowed in your rental agreement. You don't just go ahead with the hope that your landlord will not mind. He put those things in the agreement for a reason and you cannot deliberately violate those agreements without expecting a reaction. The best thing for you to do is to have a sit-down with him and talk things out. Reach a compromise with him and if he allows you to carry out the improvements, make sure you get it in writing.
Before you sit down with your landlord to talk about the improvement you want to do, first find out what it will cost you financially, and how much time it will take. You also need to find out if your landlord is obligated to pay for the improvements (that is, if your rental agreement permits it).
According to real estate laws, landlords are required to do renovations on varying time intervals. Check when the next maintenance job is scheduled and plan accordingly. This might solve the problem you’re looking to fix or interfere with your project. Either way, knowing the maintenance schedule is vital to your renovation plans.