A difficult issue tenants confront is knowing what they can and cannot do to make their house or apartment feel more like a home.

Tenants are usually subject to limitations about alterations, and the penalty for failure to comply might be severe, depending on contract terms.

Tenants are generally obligated to return the property in the same condition it was in at the beginning of the lease, except fair wear and tear.

Unless the owner has agreed to the alteration or structural change staying in place after the tenancy, the tenant must remove it to return the property to the same state it was in at the start of the tenancy.

If a tenant makes a modification or structural alteration to a property without the owner’s authorization, it may be considered a breach of the lease and result in termination or a compensation claim.

While there are notional similarities between real estate agencies, apartment buildings and condos (for example), tenants should check with their property manager before making any changes.

Common courtesy applies as the owner of a property will always appreciate being contacted if any modifications are needed or wanted.

However, while there may be some limitations, there are some things you can do to make your house a home.

Adding a personal touch to a rental property will make it feel like your own and you can achieve a beautiful and cosy space without breaking any rules.

 

Removable wallpaper on your apartment wall

Most people believe that a new coat of paint can completely change a property.

However, if your landlord does not allow you to paint, removable wallpaper will suffice which is simple to apply since you can peel, remove and reapply.

The color and pattern possibilities are limitless, and they will provide charm and change any environment.

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Woman leaning against a white bicycle with a partially papered wall behind

Window coverings that give a sense of home

Window treatments like curtains and blinds are also removable and may offer softness and seclusion to any room.

The main disadvantage is that they may be expensive, but they are useful if you want to stay in one location for an extended period.

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Curtains hang from several windows

Art that won’t damage the house walls

Some landlords object to renters drilling into the walls, even though art can be important ornamental aspects in a property.

Art enhances any area, draws the eye away from flaws, and may serve as a focal point in a room while also connecting various decorative pieces to create harmony and completeness.

You can add a wow factor by using lightweight frames for your favourite images and attaching them with removable adhesive that will not damage the walls.

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8 easy ways to create a home from a house or apartment

Use mirrors throughout your house

Adding elegance with a mirror is an effective technique to lighten a gloomy room and make it appear larger than it is.

If a mirror is ornate or has an unusual form, it can add a nice and decorative element to the area.

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Round mirrors hanging on a wall

Buy furniture with extra storage

If your rental unit lacks adequate storage, there are several adaptable furniture solutions available to assist solve this issue.

Some beds include accessible storage spaces under the mattress, while others have drawers built into the bed foundation.

The same is true for couches and ottomans, with several featuring secret storage beneath the seats, as well as smart shelving.

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Small bedroom with built in shelving

Add rugs to match your décor

Rugs are an excellent way to add colour to an open area while also defining various zones.

Rugs may draw attention away from an old-fashioned floor tile and conceal worn-out carpet in living rooms, bedrooms, and hallways.

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Straw mat on tiled floor

Update lighting to create a home

Effective lighting is an excellent method to update your house and create an atmosphere that complements your style.

Lighting is critical to how a room feels and works.

If a light fixture is out of date and provides inadequate lighting, try replacing it with a more modern or ornamental form.

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A hanging paper lantern illuminated at night

Bring the outdoors into your apartment

Fill gorgeous containers with plants, both huge and little. An enormous container with a luxuriant tall plant will brighten any area and provide a cozy atmosphere.

If you find it difficult to maintain plants alive, although not idea, lifelike fake plants are an option.

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Create a home with a slice of nature

 

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