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I’m about to move out of my house and command strips have peeled some paint off the wall.

i have the correct colour match but as the walls haven’t been painted for 4 years, the shade is lighter .

The agent is saying I’d need to paint the whole wall, is this necessary as the landlord hasn’t repainted the house in 4 years? 

I know it’s a strange question 


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Firstly it's not a strange question at all - as a landlord it's one of the most common you get.

You will be under no obligation to repaint the wall but you will be expected to return the house in a condition similar to the condition that which you received it subject to wear and tear (i.e. things wear out and that is down to the landlord)  This means that the walls don't have to be as new but have to be in a 'four year old' condition.  For reference, walls are normally repainted every 5 - 7 years.

If you can touch them in without it being obvious that should be fine but if there are a lot of them it might be quicker and easier to simply repaint the wall anyway 

My advice is to read your tenancy agreement and see what it says.

I hope this helps.


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