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Painting pipes in cellar

Hello everyone, I just got my new studio in Zürich for teaching the violin - it's in a cellar. There are quite a few pipes on the ceiling and walls. I would like to make it look a bit nicer, so my question is : can I simply choose a colour and paint them? Or are there some regulations /rules about this? Thanks for your advice!
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Re: Painting pipes in cellar

Presume you are renting. All you will need to do is remove the paint when you leave...
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Re: Painting pipes in cellar

Or agree with the landlord that you can paint them and won’t be required to remove them at the end. This might influence the colour you will be able to use.
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Re: Painting pipes in cellar

Depending on the material of the pipes, it will require special paint to adhere properly - especially if the pipes get warm or hot.

It would be easier to do something else such as sleeve the pipes with some colourful sleeving or paint the sleeving. or white as you chose or hang some fabric wall coverings down to hide them. Both would be easy to remove when you relinquish the room.

A photo of the room with the pipes would help.
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Re: Painting pipes in cellar

When you leave this lease, your obligation will be to return the premises in the same state as you obtained it. If the pipes are un-painted now, then they must be un-painted when you leave.

Any changes that you make (even if you happen to regard them as an improvement) must always be either
  • 100% reversible at your cost before you leave,
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  • done only after having obtained written permission from your landlord to change the premises (specifying exactly how) and not to have to reverse the change before you leave.

For the latter option, it's a good idea to send photos to the landlord, with an explanation of what you would like changed, and then to ask for the caretaker to look at the space with you, and to agree on which changes (e.g. which paint) are permissible. In some cases, the landlord may prefer to get his trusted handworkers to do the job, and split the cost with you.
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