Daft TikTok videos tell tenants how to get around ‘no decoration’ contract clauses

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TikTok videos watched by millions of people advising tenants to get around ‘no decoration’ clauses in rental contracts risk causing more headaches for landlords, according to trade professionals.

One ‘renter-friendly wallpaper hack’ suggests tenants should use painter’s tape, followed by double-sided tape in ladder formations on their walls to hang wallpaper. Toolstation reckons it’s the second wort DIY hack on the social media platform, despite gaining more than 43,000 likes.

It polled 100 professional painter and decorators, 82% of whom warned against it. Explains one: “If it is a rental and you can’t decorate, the painter’s tape and double-sided tape will leave ladder marks.

“The longer it is left up, the worse it will be. It is not a hack I would use. I would go back to the landlord and ask permission to paper a feature wall.”

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Landlords might also want to check that tenants haven’t been watching a shower pressure video – along with 4.8 million others – that suggests removing a flow restrictor from a showerhead, but isn’t recommended by 65% of professionals.

One plumber and bathroom fitter warns: “Flow restrictors are in place for a reason – removal can cause temperature issues, especially in the case of combi boilers. I would say never remove them unless the manufacturer clearly states they can be removed entirely.”

Another water leak hack suggesting home DIYers place an epoxy ball into a pipe to stop a water leak has had more than a million views on TikTok, however 87% of professionals reckon they should leave well alone.

“I feel that will not work and for the UK you will be contaminating the water supply as you have introduced a foreign body into the water supply,” advises one plumbing and heating engineer.

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  1. NO tenant should ever interfere with a property unless with the authority of the LL.

    The LL passes over to a tenant a property that should be functioning correctly.

    If not then down to the LL to fix.

    Tenants need to realise that whilst it might be their home it is NOT to do with as they wish.

    Their ownership is and always will be of a temporary nature.

    The property belongs to the LL.

    The tenant is not permitted to do what they like with somebody else’s possession.

    If tenants DON’T like that reality then they should go and buy their own property.

  2. Agreed. Tenants keep being told that it is their “home”. It is not. They are renting temporarily. Just like when one rents a car, it is not ever thier car is it?

  3. Hi PC.

    I have to disagree in principle (as a LL).
    It should be their home however it is not their property.

    The difference may be semantic – however language can be important.

  4. If a tenant wishes to decorate, then the contract should include a clause that they return the property in excatly the same decorative state to a professional standard as at the commencement of the tenancy – whatever the cost. If that involves £100s/1000s so be it but if the potential cost is pointed out to them (they could get professional decorators’ quotes of their own) then maybe that would put them off.
    DIY decorating is often very poor and I for one would not allow it.
    Hence why it is a standard term in most private tenancy agreements that nothing must be attached to the walls without landlords express permission.

    Yes – the tenant is entitled to “quiet enjoyment” but also required to adhere to the terms of the agreeement.


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