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So You Want to Change Your Apartment’s Paint Colors.

PS if you think this looks good, you may want to skip this article. (via uglyhousephotos.com)

Do you want to change the colors of your apartment? I encounter a lot of renters who do.  Standard issue “Landlord White” is a pretty boring and sterile color. Many renters these days are coming back from being homeowners, while others have grown up watching HGTV decorating shows and want to assert their own style in their living space.

Some landlords, especially the larger management firms, may allow you to pick from a palette of soft, neutral colors when you move in. Others just go with the “any color you like as long as it’s white” route. Either way, if your tastes run towards bold colors you’re probably not going to find much love in the apartment market. White paint is cheap and gives apartments a nice, clean look, so it’s become the industry standard for new apartments. Unfortunately, landlords learn quickly that tenants love to use funky colors but vanish when it’s time to put them back to normal. It may be difficult to find a landlord who’s willing to cooperate with you in achieving your decorating ideas.

Even so, if you want to try and change the colors, here’s the route to take: (more…)

Dear Piggy: Doesn’t my Landlord have to repaint every year?

In keeping with the spirit of normal Chicago apartments, this will be the only color in the whole article.

Paging Snopes.com

“I thought my landlord had to repaint every X number of years?” I get this question all the time. Usually from tenants who are either a) looking for a reason to move, b) looking for a reason to sue their landlord, c) looking for a fight, d) looking for permission to repaint their apartment in a different color of their choice, or e) originally from other states where such things actually are required. The short answer for Chicago apartments is NO. Your landlord is not required to repaint.

It’s an urban legend, guys. In fact, they’re not allowed to enter your apartment for any reason unless you tell them something is broken, something is obviously broken like water overflowing into another apartment, or they’re showing the apartment. However, like all urban legends it has its roots in the truth. (more…)