How to Get Your Kitchen Remodeled If Renting
Usually, kitchen remodeling is associated with homeowners as they own the property and have the final say in the matter, but even as a tenant, you can remodel your kitchen with the agreement and assistance from your landlord. To get your landlord to remodel your kitchen requires some efforts from your part. It is true that landlord is responsible for maintaining and providing good living conditions, but you will need valid reasons to push your rented home kitchen remolding case forward.
Your landlord is not going to remodel your kitchen if your only reason is that you are just bored with the way the kitchen looks, your reasons must clearly indicate poor living conditions. Make a list by pointing how the cabinet doors get jammed or how the floor and the walls are showing holes in them and put them in writing. By pointing the problems, you are more likely to get the repairs done; however, the landlord is probably not going to undertake a big kitchen remodeling project. Try to increase the expectation but accept little changes as much possible to get some remodeling in your kitchen.
The repair job of a kitchen is landlord responsibility. However, every kitchen repair starts simple and ends up as remodeling project. The landlord might try to convince you to pay out of your pocket or at least portion of it. Do not accept to make any payments. However, you are expected to pay if the repair projects are the direct result of your own neglect. Also, the case might be a bit different if you are “renting to own”, such a contract requires you to financially contribute to the renovations if any repair becomes necessary.
If you are renting a house and you have had prior experience in remodeling kitchens, then you can turn the situation to your favor by doing the repairs yourself and have your landlord pay for the materials. This is a win-win situation where your landlord gets the service for free and you would remodel the kitchen to your liking limited to the budget set forth by your landlord. In some cases the project might be very large that requires your time and input for long durations, in this case you should charge your landlord for services but at much lower rate than the market rates. Or skip one month rent depending on the job at hand.
Your home owner may or may not agree with you when you request that your kitchen needs a remodeling, but you might have a better chance if you can do the job yourself as that would save your landlord some cost and effort on his part. You need not to remodel your rented home kitchen on a large scale if you are renting a place to stay temporarily, you should save the effort for a place that you will call your own. But if changing and repairing little things in your kitchen will make you feel better, then just ask your landlord and get the job done.