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How often is a landlord required to repaint an apartment?

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Depends on the state you live in. In Wisconsin, the landlord MUST repaint any unit between tenants.

The short answer is: he (or she) is NOT required to paint an apartment. Generally, whether a landlord paints an apartment depends entirely on the conditions of the rental market at the time and location. If it's a landlord's market, don't expect the landlord to paint, even if the place is a mess. The responsibility and cost of painting will be on the renter. Renters should get the landlord's permission in writing before painting, however. In a renter's market, landlords may offer to paint the place before you move in. If you've been living there a while and your lease is ending, the landlord may be willing to paint your unit if he doesn't want to lose you as a tenant. But I certainly wouldn't expect an apartment to be pointed more frequently than once every five years or so. Any tenant of mine that required his unit to be painted more often than that is not one I'd want to keep.

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