The Reason Landlords Are So Weird About Not Letting You Paint or Hang Stuff on Walls

You want your apartment to feel like home, so as soon as you move in, you add little personal touches throughout the space — snapshots of you and your friends on the refrigerator, a bold floral shower curtain, a color-block bedspread, a cheeky welcome mat. But, if you’re like most renters, you know you shouldn’t even think about touching the walls.

What gives? Why are landlords so weird about not letting tenants paint or hang stuff up, at least not with traditional methods like nails or screws? What’s the big deal about a fresh coat of paint or a few teeny-tiny holes in the walls, especially when walls are the biggest, blankest canvas in your apartment?

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