An “ideal” tenant asked the owner of the rental property if they could do a custom wall treatment in one of the bedrooms and take it off the rent.
The owner asked what they had in mind, and they explained something similar to rag rolling the walls. Once they had permission the tenants went to work. The following month, after failing to receive the rent, the owner went to the property to collect what was due. He was informed that the bill for the room came to over $2600!!!! (it was a small 10′ x 10′ room) Furious, he asked to see the room and the tenants refused.
After serving a 3 day notice to comply, the owner was granted access to see the room, and what he found was unthinkable to say the least… The tenants had used liquid nails to glue pennies over every square inch of the walls, and then covered them in some sort of epoxy! The tenants were furious, when the owner told them they had to take it down and make the repairs (the drywall had to be replaced)
Lesson learned, it may not be the best idea to allow tenants to do “custom” work without getting all the details.