If it’s not in the lease, how often does a landlord legally have to repaint an apartment?

It’s been 5 years since the landlord last painted. I’ve asked them to repaint, they have refused. I had heard there is a law that requires landlords to repaint every 2 years. Wanted to verify.

Asked on July 12, 2012 under Real Estate Law, District of Columbia


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Most states in this country have no laws requiring a landlord to repaint the interior of a rental on a periodic basis.

Custom and practice in the rental industry is that a landlord repaints the interior of a rental as needed and typically every seven years based upon a standard accounting depreciating scale.

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