Originally Posted by BridgeMan
If you rent and the bathroom sucks (does the rent suck, too?), maybe it's really time to start looking for a new place.
Any landlord who wouldn't want his property to be improved by a tenant is being unrealistic, as well as not particularly smart.
I used to let tenants do improvements. But most do way more damage with poor workmanship than you can even believe.
I've let tenants take out new expensive carpet to put in pergo floors, only to find that you can stand a penny in the spaces left between the planks, and I have to take it out before I can rent the place again.
Paint sounds harmless - right? Not so! A really bad paint job takes a lot of work to do over right. Cleaning slopped over paint off aluminum window frames is a pain. I've had tenants put up a wall paper border and then paint over it, making it almost impossilbe to remove, and with a line that shows.
I am currently letting tenants redo a place built in the 1930's, but only after I worked with them for a week, so I know that they are very competant. I'm providing the materials and they are providing the labor. So far it's cost me about $1,000, but they are doing a fantastic job.