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Does Painting Apartments Equip You To Offer Legal Advice? Maybe in FL

A painting company that does a lot of work painting apartments has developed (unintentionally) an usual side gig – legal advice. Tenants were asking a lot of questions about landlord responsibility and tenant rights, so the painter obliged!

2 November, 2023

A painting contractor in Miami, Fla. has seen a significant surge in inquiries about apartment painting regulations. This led the company to place a strong emphasis on educating its customers about landlord responsibilities, covering a range of topics, including whether landlords are obligated to repaint between tenants and the specific terms in lease agreements related to painting in Florida.

"In Florida, a landlord is not legally required to paint between tenants, and this is something we're quite familiar with being that we are one of the state's most trusted apartment painting companies," explains the company's manager. "However, the landlord must provide the unit in a 'habitable' condition, and this includes maintaining the unit in a clean and safe state. If the unit is in need of painting due to wear and tear, the landlord may have to address this in order to keep the unit habitable; additionally, if there is a specific provision in the lease agreement regarding painting, the landlord would be required to adhere to that provision."

"We also tend to get a lot of questions regarding landlords and whether they have the right to charge for painting after a tenant moves out," he said. "Whether folks are moving into a new apartment and considering painting the walls or they're moving out of a unit they painted, understanding the relationship between painting and the security deposit can be overwhelming - by checking a lease agreement for rules regarding changes and considering the concept of 'normal wear and tear,' apartment dwellers can gain clarity on these matters."

Company representatives frequently inform tenants that, in typical situations, landlords are not allowed to subtract repainting expenses from their security deposit.

Furthermore, in most cases, landlords do not authorize tenants to paint their living spaces unless they commit to returning the walls to their original or neutral colors before they vacate the premises.

However, it’s understandable that tenants would experience confusion about this and many other aspects of renter’s rights. It’s not uncommon for contracts to feature intentionally vague wording over what is and is not covered by a security deposit. Image courtesy Herivar.

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Angel Figueredo (not verified)

angel@dimaimprovement.com

Good day, excellent article because I am owner of a painting company so I dedicate to repainting units of rent, I work with a lot of property manager in tamp is normal to repainting apartments between tenants !!!

Fri, 11/03/2023 - 08:09 Permalink

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