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25mnb's blog A lot of landlords include detailed clauses in their tenancy agreements which limit or prohibit decorations by tenants. This has made adding extra furnishings to rented homes a minefield, with the sole aim of making tenants lose their tenancy deposits.

Don’t hammer nails into the walls. Don’t use adhesives on the walls. Don’t replace the lights. Don’t scrape the floor. You must acquire the landlord’s permission in writing before you can make any significant changes. If not, the funds for repairing any damages would be deducted from your tenancy deposit.

Such are the rules.

What, then, can you do to add those extra furnishings without clashing with your landlord? Whether you want to add beauty to your home, protect it from damages, or conceal a flaw, you can avail yourself of these tips and make your home better without risking your tenancy deposit.

Use wallpapered panels

You love wallpaper as a way of adorning your home with colours and patterns. But then your landlord insists ‘no wallpaper’, and you know that going against his rules can cost you your tenancy deposit.

No problem. You can skirt the clause by gluing your wallpapers to plywood panels and propping them against your walls. Plywood panels are light, making the blend easy to move whenever you decide it's time to switch patterns.

Use matching bedlinen

Decorating a home goes beyond the walls and furniture. Bits like bedlinen, which people easily neglect, can tinge that bland bedroom of yours with a medley of grace and luxury, if you use a set that matches the hue of your bedframes and walls.

Quality is also important, not only to give your room a touch of class, but to save you money in the long run and properly comfort you during winter.

Buy a modular storage

Modular storage systems come in assorted sizes and can be beneficial if you reside in a rented property. The size of your parlour or room doesn't matter. You can find a modular storage perfect for it.

You can even add a touch of personality to your home by procuring a modular storage that exudes art from culturally-rich locations like India.

Modular storage systems, especially ones with open designs, are perfect for storing and showing off hardcover books, folders, ornamental verses, or trophies.

Use statement lights

If you have a rule-obsessed landlord, then you probably are not allowed to change your ceiling lights or their positioning. This can be frustrating, especially if you are keen on mood-lighting your home.

If you are going to change that uncreative light in your parlour with a statement light, remember to store it safely somewhere so you can refit it at the end of your tenancy.

But if you don't want to touch the original lights, you can add mood to your home using tinted glass candle holders, lamps, standing statement lights, and the like.

Use wall stickers

Nails damage walls—probably why landlords are strict about tenants using nails to hang their pictures. Wall stickers, on the other hand, are easily removable, so you don’t have to worry about incurring your landlord’s wrath or losing your tenancy deposit.

Use wall hangings

Wall hangings are ideal if there is a flaw in your wall that you need to veil. This flaw could be a nasty crack, peeling paint, or nail holes. You can even get more creative by using a wall hanging of befitting colour in your bedroom as a headboard.

Use statement rugs

Perhaps the floor of your rented home doesn’t resonate with you. Maybe some parts of the carpet or floorboards are worn. Or even you may just want to protect it from receiving damages during your stay and thus protect your tenancy deposit.

Simply procuring a statement rug won’t only cover that damage, but will reflect your preference, add beauty, and also leave the floor intact in the end.