Post # 1
I’ve been renting for years and I’m a good renter. I leave places way better than they were when I first moved in. We’ve only been at our current place for a year and I’ve replaced a grody ceiling light with a nice fan, replaced the bathroom mirror, replaced the handles/knobs in the kitchen, cleaned out a big stain in the carpet, and other minor things. When it came to getting a new stove of course I called the landlord.
Now the crappy ceiling light in our stairwell is going out–it would be quite a chore to get way up there to change it, so I want to call the landlord, but I know he’ll replace it with the crappiest, cheap thing he can scrape up.
How would you handle this? Buy a fixture and then call him in to replace it? Put up with the crappy one? Find a way to fix it yourself?
What things are over the line for DIY in a rental? What do you ask your landlord about and what don’t you? Plugged drains? broken fixtures? bugs?
Post # 3
I’ve never rented, but Darling Husband used to fix a lot of things (leaky pipes, broken washers, new microwave) in his apartment. He used to buy the supplies at Home Depot, attach the receipt and take it out of his rent. I thought that was a win-win for the landlord. Free labor and things still got fixed.
Maybe you could split it 50/50 with your landlord? Ask him what he’s willing to pay and then find a cute light near that price?
Post # 4
I have never considering changing anything at a rental. I guess I always viewed even minor changes are no-nos.
For repairs (appliances or the like), minor ones we will take care of ourselves. Otherwise we call and they are very prompt.
Post # 5
It all depends on the rental situation and the landlord. SOmetimes I would do it myself, other times I just call the maintenance.
Post # 6
Nothing. I would always call my landlord to fix anything. I’m a homeowner now and am probably going to be renting my house out next year when I move, and I would probably prefer it if my tenants call me to make repairs. That way I would know what is being fixed and that it is getting done right. If something is repaired improperly by one tenant and breaks on another tenant and somehow causes injury, there’d be liability issues. I would just want to do it myself (or hire someone I trust) to fix things to make sure it gets done right.
Post # 7
I put it depends. If I had a landlord who would compensate, or at least appreciate it. I seen other renters get taken advantage of, or even charge even though what they did was techniacally an upgrade.
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza
We usually fix up whatever it is on our own. If we can’t do it on our own we call the landlord in. (i.e. Fiance fixed the leaking sink himself, but was unable to fix the dryer that broke so we called the landlord in for that one)
Post # 9
I don’t mean major plumbing projects or breaking down walls.
I mean replacing a light fixture
or a broken light switch
or cheapo handles in kitchen/bathroom
or pouring draino down a clogged sink drain.
Things an 8 year old with a screwdriver could do.
When we moved in the landlord said, “Consider this your home. You don’t have to call me unless it’s really major” Which I thought meant, ‘don’t bug me, I don’t give a damn”, but whatever 🙂
Post # 10
I’ll unclog drains and such (because I’m the one that clogged them and Draino is easy) but I wouldn’t invest my money to replace fixtures, door knobs, ceiling fans, etc on a property that wasn’t mine.
Post # 11
We do absolutely nothing. We pay an exorbitant amount of rent so you best believe that I’m not lifitng a finger to fix the crap that’s broken. We won’t even replace our own lightbulbs in the fixtures that we don’t own. Some call it laziness, I call it getting my monies worth.
Post # 12
We’ve lived in our apt. together for 6 years, so we’ve done alot. We’ve torn up carpets, painted every room, replace light fixtures and about to change out the old bathroom counter with a new granite top/sink. Yes, my landlord would update the old one, but like you said, with some cheap ugly thing. I want to be comfortable in my home, so don’t mind paying for upgrades that matter to me. So what if I am improving someone’s property for free? It is how I want it, I get to enjoy it, so I don’t mind.
Now, if I am not changing things just based on my personal taste/preference, I call landlord. I call for leaky sinks, broken window or a porch that needs painting due to weather. If I was only living somewhere for a year or less, I wouldn’t bother.
I feel lucky landord says, “do what you want”. I could never live somewhere that I am not aloud to paint walls, etc.
Post # 13
we check in with our landlord on things first, but he usually repays us. we’ve purchased new hoses, put in an outdoor shower, added a overhead light in the living room, started a garden with new plants, etc. we have been there for 3 years and we love it, so we add things as we need!
if we had a landlord that wouldn’t reimburse or wouldn’t be happy that we’re taking care of things (our landlord loves it!) then i probably wouldn’t do anything.
Post # 14
@kala_way: My Fiance is willing to do the smaller things himself but the rental company reimburses us for any costs (except lightbulbs of course). For the bigger chores we definitely call for maintenance. I mean come on that is one of the perks of renting and not owning, you don’t have to fix it yourself!
Our garden is something we invested in and the owners know that. The yard was a mess when we moved in and we ended up sharing some of the costs for brick, grass etc but in the end we paid for the majority of the expenses. I felt it was worth it because we knew we would be living where we do for a while and wanted a beautiful yard/garden.
Post # 15
I would improve things inside the apartment but not outside in the hallway or stairwells. I would do little things like replace a mirror, or knobs on cabinets, light fixtures, BUT I would keep the old ones and when I leave, replace it all with the old ones again. Keep the ones I bought for the next place I am renting.
Post # 16
I think it depends. If something is broken,or plumbing problems we will call the landlord,and they are usually pretty good at coming out soon. For example when we first mved in the boiler wouldnt work so we had no heating,and sporadic hot water. So we tried our best to try and identify the problem ourselves,(increasing pressure,bleding the radiators etc) but ultimately the landlord had to call a plumber out.
For smaller things we would usually do it ourselves,weve replaced light switches (for prettier ones lol)and painted. But our rules here are pretty strict. We shouldnt even repaint,unless it is the same colour as it was previously, no shelves can be put up, cupboard doors cant be changed in the kitchen,heck we arent even allowed to put up pictures,even with blu-tack!
We follow the rules,we arent planning to be here forever,so I can live with them all for now.
But we ignore the blu-tack rule at christmas for decorations,