Tenants Responsibilities For Decorating

It Is Not Always Clear What Your Responsibilities Are When It Comes To Decorating Your Rental Property. Here Is Everything You Should Know Before You Start.

While you are renting, it is significant that the property feels like your own. One way to help make this happen is through decorating. There are many ways you can make small changes around the house to make it feel more homely. However, it is important to be aware that transforming your property can raise some challenges. Before you make changes you might immediately regret in the future, here are three important steps you should meet before you start decorating. 

  1. Know what your tenancy agreement with your landlord states in regards to making changes to the property.
  2. Find the nearest professional painter or home decorating store.
  3. Create an impactful strategy plan to avoid any permanent damages to the property.

These three steps can help prevent any issue that may occur in the future while you decorate. These issues could be: violating your tenancy agreement, spending considerably more money on decorating, and possibly trying to fix irreversible damage to the property. Here at Clooper, we’ve got your back! We’ve devised a list of steps you can follow to help keep your property transformation journey stress free.


Landlords are responsible for decorating the property before they rent it out. For this reason, tenants are obligated to comply with the conditions of the property once they move in. Resulting in tenants having no authority on modifying the property. Howbeit, if the tenancy spans longer than five years, the landlord could pay for redecoration. We understand that 5 years is a long wait; but, there are always alternatives. Your rental space can still be transformed into a space of your liking without there being a violation of the rental agreement. We advise that you speak to your landlord about the changes you aim to make first and then begin to redecorate.

Start small. If the colour of the wall is unflattering, change the colour to something more appealing to you. Bring your bedroom to life with hanging pictures on the wall! There are countless tapestries you can buy online! Or keep it classic with some new wallpaper. Ultimately, there are many options for tenants to redesign their homes without conflicting with their contract. It’s always nice to personalise your space, if you can, and provided that once your lease is up, the property is returned to its former state.


Decorating your property is a fun and exciting activity. It is important to note that, before you get carried away with decorating your new home, it’s fundamental to lay out a strategic plan. A strategy plan will effectively minimize any prospect of property damage and repairs. If you are interested in finding out more about effective ways to prevent property damage, click here.

If painting your wall a different colour is at the top of your list, make sure to add newspapers and sheets on the floor to prevent it from staining. Avoid using permanent paint. Another alternative may be finding a painter near your area. There are many reputable painters out with just the skillset you need: don’t be afraid to reach out! Alternatively, you could ask your neighbour or friend to assist, to speed up the process and lessen the chances of property damage.


As we said earlier, your strategic plan should always be at the forefront before you execute! It ultimately makes the process a lot easier. We understand that as a resident you are busy with other priorities. Therefore, we advise you to make a plan that won’t occupy too much of your time. Focus on the important things first. The cost, key dates, who will be assisting you, and the tools you will need to minimize any damages. At Clooper we want you to live in a space that reflects you aesthetically.

In summary, although landlords are responsible for decorating the property, tenants can still make mini tweaks and changes to best fit them. A landlord has to accommodate their tenant. Every so often you can come across a landlord who is willing to compromise about decorating the property. We advise you to ask questions in regards to decorating the property before you sign the lease. Or have an open conversation with your landlord about why decorating your property is important to you, and why you want to be responsible for certain changes.

If you are interested in finding out how to decorate without losing your deposit, check out our blog post here. We encourage you to explore our other blog posts for more tenant advice and information.