Who is responsible for decorating?

More often than not, it is the landlord’s responsibility for decorating a rented property. Most tenancy agreements will state that the tenant should not change anything in the property, which would include the colour scheme. So, if the tenant changes the colour scheme, or causes damages to the interior of the property during their tenancy, you might be able to claim some of their deposit. However, decoration which is the result of fair wear and tear will be your responsibility.

A landlord should not claim for “betterment”. For example, if a tenant has been living in a property for 5 years and changed the living room walls from magnolia to green, it is unlikely that a deposit claim for redecoration would be justified in a dispute case, as 5 years for redecoration would be classed as wear and tear.

Dawn Clarke
Lettings Director
07967 209011 


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