Paint it back

Amanda asks:
(updated on Monday, July 30th 2018)

My ex-partner and I are co-owners of a property that he has lived in for the past 18 months. He has had occasional boarders living at the property. He recently allowed one of them to paint one of the bedrooms black, which in my opinion devalues the property, without asking my permission! Is this legal? What can I do?





Our Experts Answer:

Many people would agree with your views about the effect of black paint in a bedroom. It is widely thought that neutral colours are best for appealing to most people (tenants and/or purchasers). I suggest that you speak with your ex-partner about restoring the paint colour to a more generally appealing hue. In the final analysis, you will both benefit from that course. If there is a dispute, then you will need to sort out the dispute between you.



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