Decorating Disputes Between Tenants and Landlords

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) has warned that property owners are failing to protect themselves by not accurately recording the condition of a home at the start of a tenancy and not making it clear to tenants what constitutes a neutral colour.

AIIC chair Pat Barber commented: “Lots of disputes are presented where parties agreed to the tenant redecorating, but the precise details were not clearly defined.”

She added this can then lead to landlords and agents being shocked when walls have been painted in bold colours rather than the neutral magnolia or white they had hoped for.

Ms Barber said any tenant request to redecorate must be put in writing with authorised colour schemes made clear. She also advised inserting a clause that allows the room to be returned to its original colour if an unauthorised paint has been used.

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