In major metropolitan areas of the country, demand for apartments is so high that rents are astronomical while many tenants are likely relegated to living in dreary, outdated abodes. If you’re one of these tenants looking for apartments in Boston, New York and L.A., making improvements to your apartment to create a more livable space may be on the top of your list.
Of course, for all but very minor improvements it’s important to wait until you’ve thoroughly read your lease and have discussed potential changes with your landlord. Your contract likely includes a detailed repair, modification, or an alteration clause which prohibits improvements; some may even forbid painting or even using nails to hang things on the walls.
With such low vacancy rates, the last thing you want is to be labeled an undesirable tenant. These days, property managers often utilize tenant screening services that are well-versed at digging up everything about a prospective tenant to help landlords choose quality renters, including details on apartment rental history. You can find out more information about what is and isn’t allowed by speaking with your landlord directly in order to maintain your status as a good tenant.
Here are some potentially permissible ideas to consider that can help to significantly improve your apartment living space.