I have rented a house for over 4 years, and now will be moving. Landlord asked that I pay for having the house painted. this was not mentioned in the contract. the walls do have normal marks for 4 years worth of living. is this common practice?
We had to paint the apartment we rented when we gave it back. I believe it is standard practice however it did say it specifically in our contract (even mentioned the paint we had to use). If it doesn't mention anything about painting in your contract then maybe you have a way out? I think the general acceptance is that the apartment/house is returned in the same condition it was rented. If there are obvious marks on the walls then at least get them fixed to a stage where you could not tell the difference.
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