How to update your rental without making permanent fixes your landlord won't like

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Witness the magic of contact paper posing as marble.

I’ve lived in places where the property manager insisted that the sloping kitchen floor was “intentional” from a renovation, where water seeped through the ceiling whenever it rained, and where ripped vinyl floors created grody black stains throughout the kitchen. Some of those things required serious renovations, and yet none of those landlords ever seemed keen on the idea of us tenants taking on even small, DIY projects that would make their places look better.

But renters, I’m here to tell you there are in fact many upgrades

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