How To Make Changes In Rental Apartment?

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Q: I love my apartment and plan to stay for a long while, but my landlord has no plans of selling it to me in the near future and there are some "less-than-minor" changes I would really like to make. These include tearing up the 25 cent carpet poorly installed and changing out the vanity top made from a bargain brands clearance bin. Being an architect and former construction worker I am more than able to do so. Is there a good way to ask your landlord to finance and at least allow you to make big changes to your rented apartment?

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