While most landlords don’t have a problem with you hanging pictures or putting up new curtains, some don’t like new holes going into their walls. It is important to make sure that you ask what will and will not come out of a security deposit. For example, if you put up new permanent shelving you may be in trouble but simply putting a nail in the wall for a painting is okay. If you want to change out your shower head, you may want to ask if the landlord is okay with you leaving the new one when you move or if you should keep the original to put back in before you go. Each landlord is different, so never assume that the rules are the same from one to another.
Some landlords are okay with you painting the walls as long as you paint them back before you leave while others don’t want to deal with different colors under the layers of white or beige. Although you may paint something on the wall, it might make it more difficult to sell to the next tenant if they don’t have the same taste in art as you. Even if you don’t think you’ll “get caught”, you should remember that it isn’t your home. If you wouldn’t want someone to do it to you, then definitely think twice before you do it yourself.
Any change that you may want to make to an apartment should always go through your landlord. Although you don’t really need to ask permission every time you hang a new painting, it is a good idea to ask what is and is not okay when you move. As long as you have communication, you should be in the clear!