His Landlord Demanded He Repainted All Walls a Day After He Just Did Because of the “Contract’s Specific Clause.” So, He Painted Them Solid Black and Moved Out!

This Redditor’s landlord insisted he followed the contract to a T and tried to make him repaint all his walls. So, he and his friend did precisely that, leaving him with a big surprise!

Long-Term Lease and Its Stipulations

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OP’s (Original Poster) friend had a long-term lease on a home, and the contract stipulated that he had to repaint every room the day he moved out.

So, his friend found popular neutral paint colors, hired a handyman, and had his place freshly painted the day before his moving truck arrived.

Furious Landlord

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However, on the day he planned to move out, his landlord came and waved the contract in his face. He yelled at OP’s friend and said the repaint needed to be done the day he moved out and not the day before.

Scuffing up the Paint

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OP’s friend’s landlord was convinced that all the moving would scuff up the walls and the new paint. He shared, “He wanted the house left pristine.”

The landlord was so angry that he threatened to take the case to court.

No Budget for a Repaint

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OP said his friend was deeply troubled as he had no budget left to repaint the place.

He wrote, “My friend was crushed. Between painting, moving, and the deposit on his new place, he had no money to repaint or go to court.”

I’ll Back You Up

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OP was furious at his friend’s landlord. So, he went to his friend’s house to check out what had happened.

However, when he arrived, he saw that the paint job was fine. Nothing was scuffed or dirtied.

Time for Revenge!

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OP and his friend met at his friend’s old house that night. Per his friend’s contract, they repainted every single wall.

But that’s not all; the duo painted all walls and even some ceilings solid black!

Hidden Images

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OP seemed to have a fascination with hidden images. So, he took clear glow-in-the-dark paint and illustrated demons in the closet walls and some shadowy corners of the home.

Walking Out

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After that, they left a copy of the contract for the landlord.

He wrote, “Walls freshly painted the day he left. He never specified the color. We also had before and after photos printed out.”

No Repercussions

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OP shared that all this happened 10 years ago, and there was no fallout as they followed the contract to a T.

He shared that he and his friend had followed the same letter-of-the-law mentality that would have allowed the landlord to take his friend to court because he had painted the walls the day before he moved out. It’s what allowed them to get away with this.

Fun Joke

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He also mentioned that the glow-in-the-dark paint didn’t work that well. So, he and his friend just considered it a fun part of what they did.

The landlord was just left with a “really ugly black apartment.”

Redditors’ Thoughts and Suggestions

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Most Redditors found OP and his friend’s revenge tactics clever and hilarious.

One said, “The best part to me is he has to try and cover black!” Another said, “My boyfriend and I are renovating a room in our new house. It was clearly the former owner’s child’s room, and it was a deep—not to mention heinous—teal or turquoise. Three coats later, it’s finally looking better. I cannot imagine covering a black wall, which is also why I’m loving this post right now.”

How Do You Cover up All the Black?

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Users were also giving off many tips about how to cover a black—or any dark wall—should they encounter anything similar.

“At that point, it’s easier to scrape off the plaster and redo it; it takes about as much time but less effort,” said one user. Another suggested, “You do a gray coat first—it reduces the amount of extra coats. Had to paint stage floors from black to white to black all the time.”

A Better Idea

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One user added to OP and his friend’s idea and suggested something harder to fix.

She said, “You should have done it in high gloss paint to boot. Not only would he have to repaint, but he’d have to either sand the walls down or prime them and paint again.” One wittingly replied to her and said, “Slow down, Satan.”

You Did Great!

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One exclaimed that they did a great job with their revenge!

He wrote, “Good job! As a general contractor and as a landlord, I commend you for ‘blaxxing’ that place. They’ll learn to appreciate the decent renters that way.”

What do you think about what OP and his friend did? Do you think his friend’s landlord deserved it?

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