Failure to follow rules in most places can lead to consequences; it is no different when it comes to the abiding by the terms of your apartment lease. A Forbes piece, contributed by Trulia, outlines seven ways to avoid being burned by the hidden items in your lease.

One of the seven items that the article points out is not making any alterations to the apartment:

If you don’t like the paint color in the living room, leave it anyway. Too hot during a summer heat wave? Don’t install a window AC. Even thumbtacks can be a no-no. “Thumbtack holes are typically OK and fall under normal wear and tear, but if the lease says ‘no,’ the landlord can charge a tenant for the cost to repair the tiny holes via the security deposit,” says Wegener.

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