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Old 08-06-2013, 05:42 PM
 
Location: In the city
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Though I love my new apartment, the kitchen has a horrible fluorescent lighting fixture which reminds me of a classroom. I hate it. The kitchen itself will be fully remodeled (can't charge premium rent in DC without having granite/stainless) in 6 months as they are upgrading all of the units, but the lighting fixture will remain with a slightly different cover. I really want to change this. any creative ideas out there?
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:05 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I really want to change this. any creative ideas out there?
Are you looking to get evicted?

Go back to the landlord and ask again.
Otherwise wait until after the remodel...
and then use the range and undercabinet accent lighting.
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Old 08-08-2013, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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...new apartment...premium rent in DC ...but the lighting fixture will remain ...any creative ideas out there?
Live with the fixture or buy your OWN place that has YOUR fixtures.
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Old 08-08-2013, 06:59 PM
 
Location: In the city
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Allow me to clarify:

I wasn't looking to rip the thing out of the ceiling, but rather modify the covering in a creative way or temporarily replace it (and reinstall it when I leave). I have done this with chandeliers and other lighting fixtures and my landlords have never had an issue as long as the originals went back when I moved out. In fact, the leasing office suggested that I change it in a nonpermanent way if it bothers me because it will remain with the remodel.

These responses seem really draconian. I wonder that people don't understand that sometimes an apartment can be a home for urban dwellers for decades, especially if its rent controlled. I have no interest in buying a place right now.

So, suggestions?
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Morrisville, NC
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Why not ask if you can pay to install a fixture you like? Improvements like that stay with the apartment, so it will be lost cost for you, but you can get decent fixtures for not that much.
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Old 08-08-2013, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Allow me to clarify...

These responses seem really draconian. I wonder that people don't understand that sometimes an apartment can be a home for urban dwellers for decades, especially if its rent controlled. I have no interest in buying a place right now.

So, suggestions?

There was no clarification needed. I think we all understood what "your" intention was/is. The issue your not understanding is the "owner's side". The legal issues only are mind-numbing. And for the sake of time I'm not going there.

Oh, and it's Draconian.
I'll stick with the basis of my original post.
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:12 PM
 
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Apartment Therapy has good ideas on temporarily modifying apartment things to look nicer.
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