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My landlord offered to paint the living room and entry way of our flat, but wants me to pay half. I was told 1) after 10 years you can request the landlord to repaint without cost to you and 2) if I pay part of it, I could be liable at move out to repaint. I want to get a document from him in which he states that he requested the repainting and that although I agreed to pay for half (special price we have special rental rate, family), I am NOT liable to repaint if I vacate the apartment in less than 10 years. Does anyone know if the Mietverband has something like this in German?

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My landlord offered to paint the living room and entry way of our flat, but wants me to pay half. I was told 1) after 10 years you can request the landlord to repaint without cost to you and 2) if I pay part of it, I could be liable at move out to repaint. I want to get a document from him in which he states that he requested the repainting and that although I agreed to pay for half (special price we have special rental rate, family), I am NOT liable to repaint if I vacate the apartment in less than 10 years. Does anyone know if the Mietverband has something like this in German?

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IMO, don't agree to repaint unless you really want to. You'll almost certainly have to paint again at your own cost when you move out anyway.
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Re: Painting the flat

When was the last time the walls in question were painted?

You should not have to pay for it when you move in. If it needs doing, tell the landlord to do it. He probably already collected money from the outgoing tenant for the walls, if the paint job was not that old.

If you don't mind how they look, tell the landlord to forget it.

If you feel like negotiating with the landlord, You can put any special conditions you agree to in the lease.

Personally I would tell the landlord to get 3 quotes from painters and present them to you so you can see the actual cost. If you really want to share the cost, then I think you are well within your rights to ask to see the quotes.
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Re: Painting the flat

Anyone know much about obligations on moving out?

Im moving out of a Flat sharing situation. My flatmate expects me to paint the walls in my bedroom.

On our contract there is no specific request to paint the walls. Is this therefore obligatory by law? The only thing in the contract I could find was "Instandstellung". Does painting fit into that by default or is it a bit of a grey area? The walls are still very clean and dont really need a piant job to be honest.

Any extra help would be appreciated.

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Old 17.11.2011, 10:12
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Re: Painting the flat

The official 'length of life' of various parts of a building is given in a Beobachter link in the Sticky at the top of this forum. It's worth getting out a dictionary (or using Google translate) to check things out.
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I can read german, and it doesnt really elaborate what falls under the category of "instandstellung".

Was hoping someone on here has had something similar on their contract.
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