Help Convince Landlord Apartment Needs Refreshing?

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0214_gq03.jpg Q:We live in little old New Zealand, where the status quo is get married, buy a house, have kids. You don't rent the same place for years in a row, so there is no culture of doing up the space you rent. As a renter for many years to come (and very happy in our little apartment), how do I convince my landlord that it's a good idea to refresh surfaces (paint/ lift carpet & polish the wooden floors/ etc...)?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.