In our second installment of How to be a Great Tenant, we discuss changes.
If you want to make changes to your unit, don't arbitrarily change the rules. You want to paint? You want a little furry friend? You want to wallpaper your hallway? You may be making an improvement to the place. However, get the landlord's written permission first. You must get the exception in writing (not verbal, not a handshake — in writing) to make it a "DO." Save the signed letter and keep it in a file. You'll need it later when you move out if your landlord has forgotten.