Painting Rental Property

Painting Rental Property

Painting A Rental Property

Painting a rental property is often a matter of preference rather than necessity. That is, unless you had some particularly destructive tenants, painting is not required every time a tenant moves out. But the visual appeal of your rental property can keep your tenants happy and your prospects interested should you need to rent it out again. In fact, the condition of the paint can say a lot about your properties. As a rental property owner, you will no doubt have to deal with painting your rental property at some point. After all, you should want to keep up on the aesthetic appeal of your rentals for many reasons. With this in mind, we offer some insight on how to determine whether or not the time is right to paint your rental. 

The information provided here does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information is for general informational purposes only.

Painting A Rental Property: How Often Should You Paint?

In California, landlords do not have to repaint unless they are doing so to resolve an issue like lead paint. But, painting is maintenance. So, if a tenant lives there for a long time, it’s perfectly reasonable to go in and repaint to freshen the place up. Not only does it improve the property, it also makes long term tenants happy. Not to mention, a fresh coat of paint can transform your property to make it stand out. In the grand scheme of things, painting is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to make a dramatic change. 

To Paint Or Not To Paint

How often you paint your rental property is a personal matter. As long as the property meets all conditions for habitability (not lead-based, chipping or peeling) you do not have to repaint for a tenant to take occupancy. Additionally, worn or faded paint is not considered a hazard and does not affect the warranty of habitability. Nevertheless, it is a good idea to repaint if the rooms look dated, the walls are scuffed, or when you want to update the color for appeal.

Painting Rental Property

Deciding When To Paint

Paint in a rental home tends to wear quicker than a typical home. And, how long it lasts will depend on each tenant and how they treat it. Fortunately, you can inspect your paint during the final walk through to determine whether or not it’s time to paint again. With this in mind, here are a few questions to consider before you paint:

Things To Consider Before You Paint:

  • Evaluate: do the walls have damage, scratches, or scuff marks
  • Clean: sometimes cleaning the walls with mild soap can refresh the paint quickly
  • Renewal: long term tenants are good tenants so use a fresh coat of paint as an incentive at their lease renewal


It’s important to find a balance between keeping your rental property looking fresh, without spending a lot of money. When it comes to making a rental property look amazing, a coat of fresh paint will always do the trick. If you’re thinking it’s time to start painting your rental properties and are looking for an experienced property management company that can provide some assistance on these matters, we can help!

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